Political Parties And Their Role In The Development Of Nigeria’s Democracy

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Political Parties And Their Role In The Development Of Nigeria’s Democracy


Abstract


This study was carried on political parties and their role in the development of Nigeria’s democracy with special reference to labour party Ondo State. Specifically the study aimed to evaluate the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria, investigate the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy, find out the reasons why political parties are formed and examine strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy. The study employed the survey descriptive research design. A total of 259 responses were validated from the survey. From the responses obtained and analyzed, the findings revealed that  the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria is to take advantage of the new Clifford Constitution which succeeded the 1914 Nigerian Council, differing ideologies of the Nigerian people, Political parties was formed over the ratification of the federal Constitution of 1787 and because of the diverse conditions of historical eras. The study also revealed that the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy are power succession, lack of internal democracy, Increased dependence on money and muscle power and failure to provide a meaningful choice to the voters. The study further revealed that the reasons why political parties are formed is to take advantage of the new Clifford Constitution which succeeded the 1914 Nigerian Council, differing ideologies of the Nigerian people, Political parties was formed over the ratification of the federal Constitution of 1787 and because of the diverse conditions of historical eras. Lastly, the study revealed that strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy is by educating citizens on political processes, promoting engagements between political parties and youth groups to ensure that party manifestos respond to the needs and aspirations of the youth, enhance the participation of common people in decision-making process and make media unbiased and powerful in reporting. The study thereby recommend that Political parties should practice internal democracy within their structure and how they function, especially when it comes to selecting candidates within the party and for elections. Members of political parties should subject themselves to their party’s constitution. Personal interests of politicians should be subordinated to the larger interest of the political party, members of parties should be treated equally, and fairly in order to create a level playing field and encourage participation, in order to cultivate and entrench stable democratic culture that is predicated on constitutionalism and robust political institutionalization..


Table of Content


  • Title Page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Content
  • List of Tables
  • Abstract

Chapter One:

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of the Problem
  • 1.3 Objective of the Study
  • 1.4 Research Questions
  • 1.5 Significance of the Study
  • 1.6 Scope of the Study
  • 1.7 Limitation of the Study
  • 1.8 Definition of Terms

Chapter Two:

Review of Literature

  • 2.1 Conceptual Framework
  • 2.2 Theoretical Framework
  • 2.3 Empirical Review

Chapter Three:

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Research Design
  • 3.2 Population of the Study
  • 3.3 Sample Size Determination
  • 3.4 Sample Size Selection Technique and Procedure
  • 3.5 Research Instrument and Administration
  • 3.6 Method of Data Collection
  • 3.7 Method of Data Analysis
  • 3.8 Validity of the Study
  • 3.9 Reliability of the Study
  • 3.10 Ethical Consideration

Chapter Four:

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.1 Data Presentation
  • 4.2 Analysis of Data
  • 4.3 Answering Research Questions
  • 4.4 Test of Hypotheses

Chapter Five:

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendation
  • References
  • APPENDIX
  • QUESTIONNAIRE

Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Political parties are critical to the political process in contemporary cultures. In each democratic society, they have evolved into a genuine tool or auxiliary of democracy. Political parties are not only vehicles for the aggregation of interests and the eventual fulfillment of such interests through the control of government; they are also vehicles for the aggregation of interests and the ultimate satisfaction of such interests through the control of government (Merkel ,1977). Political parties are, without a doubt, essential to the survival of democratic administration. According to Ajayi (2005), the amount of responsibility in public life, including access to and use of power, is determined by the freedom with which political parties collect, express, represent, and organize. Political parties are, in general, essential to democratic administration. It serves as a crucial tool for democratic government. Through the merger of their opposing beliefs, ideologies, and aspirations for ultimate control of the government in the state, it offers a way of establishing responsibility, collective action, public engagement, inclusion, legitimacy, and accountability. Political parties are the intermediary entity that mediates the affairs of the people as well as governmental workers and agencies.

Democratic administration, with its ideals of elected representation, freedom of choice of leaders, rule of law, freedom of speech, and accountability, has become the world’s most popular form of government. It is a type of governance in which a political community’s ultimate authority is based on popular sovereignty. Democracy, according to oyovbaire (1987), is a form of government that aims to achieve a generally recognized common good through the collective initiation and discussion of policy questions concerning public affairs, as well as the delegation of authority to agents to carry out the people’s broad decisions reached by majority vote. In modern times, democracy has been defined as the expression of the political community’s public will via elected representatives. According to Raphael (1976), representational governance is the foundation of modern democracy. When compared to what is available in other parts of the globe, Nigerian democratic governance has been unique. The primary aspects of democracy, such as respect for human rights and the rule of law, are not apparent, particularly between 1999 and 2007; election fraud and gangsterism are so common that it is difficult to distinguish between democratic and autocratic governments (Osaghae ,2002). Political parties in Nigeria are often founded along ethnic, cultural, geopolitical, and religious grounds. As a result, the political class has always been devoid of viable political ideology on which the nation’s political future could be anchored in everyday government activities, such as ethnic sensitivity and overt projection of other selfish political tendencies. As a result, the political class has always been devoid of viable political ideology on which the nation’s political future could be anchored. Party politics has been reduced to a bread-and-butter game where commercialization of the political process is the base of loyalty and support due to a lack of philosophy and vision. The democratic system’s goal has been weakened as a result of this.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

In 1999, the emergence of democratic government in Nigeria’s political system marked a turning point in the country’s political history. Civil society, labor unions, civil rights organizations, and others welcomed the re-modelling of democracy with joy and peagentry after fifteen years of tyranny (Agarwal ,1994). In the domain of human rights, which had been virtually absent under the dictatorship’s tenure, there was a lot of optimism. The democratic dividend was intended to be achieved via political parties, which are the vehicles through which politicians communicate with the public and make their promises and manifestos accessible to them. This research therefore focuses on Political parties and their role in the development of Nigeria s democracy.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The primary objective of the study is as follows

  1. To evaluate the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria.
  2. To investigate the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy.
  3. To find out the reasons why political parties are formed.
  4. To examine strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy.

1.4 Research Questions

The following questions have been prepared for this study

  1. What are the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria?
  2. What are the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy?
  3. What are the reasons why political parties are formed?
  4. What are strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy?

1.5 Significance of the Study

This study focuses on political parties and their role in the development of Nigeria s democracy. Hence the study is significant as it will relate the immense value to political leaders and policy makers in Nigeria and will also enlighten and educate the masses on responsibility of parties in democratic governance by so doing; it will go a long way in providing practical solution to some of the problems of political parties in Nigeria democratic system.

The study is also significant to the academic community as it will contribute to the existing literature.


1.6 Scope of the Study

The study will evaluate the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria. The study will also investigate the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy. The study will further find out the reasons why political parties are formed. Lastly, the study will examine strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy. Hence the study will be delimited to Nigeria.


1.7 Limitation of the Study

This study was constrained by a number of factors which are as follows:

Just like any other research, ranging from unavailability of needed accurate materials on the topic under study, inability to get data

Financial constraint , was faced by the researcher ,in getting relevant materials and in printing and collation of questionnaires

Time factor: time factor pose another constraint since having to shuttle between writing of the research and also engaging in other academic work making it uneasy for the researcher


1.8 Definition of Terms

Political Party:

An organization that coordinates candidates to compete in a particular country’s elections.

Democracy:

A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Summary

In this study, our focus was on political parties and their role in the development of Nigeria’s democracy using Labour party Ondo State as a case study. The study specifically was aimed at highlighting the factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria, investigate the challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy, find out the reasons why political parties are formed and examine strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy. A total of 259 responses were validated from the enrolled participants where all respondent are drawn from Labour party members.


5.2 Conclusion

Based on the finding of this study, the following conclusions were made:

  1. The factors that led to the emergence of political parties in Nigeria is to take advantage of the new Clifford Constitution which succeeded the 1914 Nigerian Council, differing ideologies of the Nigerian people, Political parties was formed over the ratification of the federal Constitution of 1787 and because of the diverse conditions of historical eras.
  2. The challenges political parties face in contributing to the development of Nigeria democracy are power succession, lack of internal democracy, Increased dependence on money and muscle power and failure to provide a meaningful choice to the voters.
  3. The reasons why political parties are formed is to take advantage of the new Clifford Constitution which succeeded the 1914 Nigerian Council, differing ideologies of the Nigerian people, Political parties was formed over the ratification of the federal Constitution of 1787 and because of the diverse conditions of historical eras.
  4. The strategies that can be used to strengthen Nigeria democracy is by educating citizens on political processes, promoting engagements between political parties and youth groups to ensure that party manifestos respond to the needs and aspirations of the youth, enhance the participation of common people in decision-making process and make media unbiased and powerful in reporting.

5.3 Recommendation,

Based on the responses obtained, the researcher proffers the following recommendations:

Political parties should practice internal democracy within their structure and how they function, especially when it comes to selecting candidates within the party and for elections. Members of political parties should subject themselves to their party’s constitution. Personal interests of politicians should be subordinated to the larger interest of the political party, members of parties should be treated equally, and fairly in order to create a level playing field and encourage participation, in order to cultivate and entrench stable democratic culture that is predicated on constitutionalism and robust political institutionalization.


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