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Title:Nigeria's ruling party: a complex web of power and money
Authors:Agbaje, AdigunISNI
Akande, Adeolu
Ojo, Jide
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:People's Democratic Party
political elite
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220460709545484
Abstract:The People's Democratic Party (PDP), which won the legislative and presidential elections in Nigeria in 2007, has its roots deep in the nation's military past. Despite flying the flag of democracy, it continues to frustrate the democratic process, preferring to indulge its preference for power and money rather than meeting the expectations of the electorate. This article examines the background and performance of the PDP, which has ruled Nigeria since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999. It pays special attention to party funding and internal democracy, the PDP manifesto, and its relationship with opposition parties. A major lesson from the Nigerian experience is that the political elite in a country is central to determining the nature and development of the political system. In the Nigerian case, the dominant faction of a political elite lacking coherence and commitment to democratic ideals, social justice and a culture of restraint, has been able to promote form over substance. Since 1999 Nigeria has witnessed a process of de-institutionalization of the democratic infrastructure in the face of persistent attempts to institutionalize personal rule. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]