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Nigerian Political Culture and Electioneering Politics: A Comparative Study of the 2011 and 2015 General Elections

Bello Sanusi Dantata

Abstract of Economic, Finance and Management Outlook, 2016, vol. 5, 10

Abstract: The wave of democratisation process in the global politics has really influenced developed and developing countries and it is acknowledged to be the preferred form of governance. This dimension of democratic arrangement gains momentum in Africa and Nigeria embraces its application. However, election has become a formidable pillar towards democratic governance and since Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999, series of elections have been conducted in the country. Also, the trend of Nigerians political culture has also passed through different phases which have been displayed in most of the electioneering processes. This makes it imperative in this paper to explore the dimension of political culture in Nigerian electoral democracy. With the aid of comparison, the paper infers that there have been improvements in the political culture of Nigerian electorates and such is laudable and proving the country’s readiness for democratic governance. Although, there are challenges such as the issue of vote buying and selling, electoral violence and irregularities, the electorates are showing more understanding towards the country’s electoral democracy. The prospect of advancing Nigerians political culture is achievable, once the dividends of democracy are entrenched in the society.

Date: 2016
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