The Albatross Called Primary Elections and Political Succession in Nigeria

Marietu Tenuche


Political Succession in Nigeria has been crisis ridden largely because the options for citizens to determine who rules them is foreclosed prior to elections and these is done during primary elections, thereby undermining elections as the expression of popular will and a means to guarantee and defend democratic norms and values. The concern of this piece is to examine the relationship between flawed primaries in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 general elections in Nigeria and the deeply flawed outcome of the elections that were characterized by irregularities and violence. The study is an empirical analysis of the nature of primary elections in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria as documented in purposefully selected Nigerian dailies, the reactions and counter reactions of leading political opposition leaders, institutions and agencies that are involved in the electoral process, reports from National and International Observers and its implications for sustainable development and democratic consolidation.
Key words: Primary elections; Political succession; Political parties; Democratic values; Political behaviour

Résumé: La Succession politique au Nigeria a été monté en grande partie par la crise des options concernant les citoyens afin de déterminer qui les règles est forclos avant les élections et ceux-ci est fait lors des élections primaires, compromettant ainsi les élections comme l'expression de la volonté populaire et un moyen afin de garantir et de défendre les normes démocratiques et des valeurs. Le 1 souci de cette pièce est d'examiner la relation entre les primaires erronées dans les élections de 1999, 2003 et 2007 au Nigeria et en général le résultat profondément erronée de ces élections qui ont été caractérisées par des irrégularités et de violence. L'étude est une analyse empirique de la nature des élections primaires dans les six zones géopolitiques du Nigeria comme documenté dans délibérément certains quotidiens nigérians, les réactions et les réactions des principaux dirigeants contre l'opposition politique, les institutions et organismes qui sont impliqués dans le processus électoral, des rapports d'observateurs nationaux et internationaux et ses implications pour le développement durable et la consolidation démocratique.
Mots clés: Les Élections primaires; La succession politique; Les partis politiques; Des valeurs démocratiques; Le comportement politique


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