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The implication of electoral violence on sustainable democracy in Nigeria - a study of 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election

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 By: usericon usasam  

 Project ID: 6452
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Since Nigeria's independence in 1960 has grappled with the challenge of consolidating her hard earned democracy. From the post-colonial period, elections conducted in the country have been consistently marred by irregularities and unprecedented electoral violence which had undermined our democratic experiments and in extreme cases threatened the corporate existence of the country. This study is therefore an attempt to evaluate the impact of political violence on the survival of the Nigerian democratic experience. It equally examines the predisposing factors that fuel electoral violence before, during and after elections in the country. The research work is qualitative as data for this study were got mainly from verified secondary sources such as articles from reputable journals, publications from independent bodies, newspapers, and conference and workshop papers. The above sources were supplemented by structured interviews granted to the researcher by political actors and electorates alike, which were designed specifically on the basis of the subject matter. It was found that political violence in Nigeria is as a result of poor orientation on the part of political actors on the purpose for the acquisition and consolidation of political powers. Put differently, politicians perceive elective positions as avenues to skew public wealth for personal aggrandizement, hence politics is seen as a zero-sum game a do-or-die affair. It is on the basis of this startling revelation that the study recommends for value reorientation among political actors so that Nigerian politics could be played in the spirit of sportsmanship and with a high sense of decorum. This, it is expected, will help in no small way to eliminate electoral violence and consequently enthrone sustainable democracy devoid of irregularities in the country. Keywords: Electoral Violence, Sustainable Democracy, Governorship Election, Kogi State. ...
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