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Title:Why Goodluck Jonathan lost the Nigerian presidential election of 2015
Authors:Owen, OllyISNI
Usman, Zainab
Year:2015
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Volume:114
Issue:456
Pages:455-471
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:elections
2015
democratization
People's Democratic Party
External link:http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/114/456/455.short
Abstract:The conduct and outcome of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria defied expectations. Not only did Nigeria conduct its most credible and transparent elections since independence with minimal violence but, for the first time in the country's history, an opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated an entrenched ruling party (the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP). The peaceful and credible conduct of these polls has set Nigeria on a trajectory towards consolidating its democracy, transitioning from a largely unstable and expedient experiment in 1999 to the realm of political maturity. This briefing discusses how this was achieved despite the challenging context. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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