Publisher: University of Calabar

Money Politics and Analysis of Voting Behaviour In Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects For Free and Fair Elections

Abdulrahman Adamu, Danladi Ocheni, Sani Umar Ibrahim
KEYWORDS: Election, Money politics, Vote-buying, voting behaviour, Nigeria

ABSTRACT:

Contemporary Nigerian society is characterized with money politics which has taken a worrisome dimension and equally the centre stage of her political activities. This ugly trend has become subject of discussion in recent time in Nigeria and this is largely due to the inability of political parties and their candidates to conduct their political activities in an orderly manner especially during electioneering campaigns. Party manifestoes and integrity of candidates contesting for political offices are no longer convincing enough to guarantee them electoral successes thus, resulting to vote-buying. The readiness of the electorate to sell their votes to the highest bidder is another disturbing issue which has become a threat to our democratic process. This paper therefore, examines the implications of such uncharitable behaviour and practice in Nigeria. The paper recommends among others that to reduce the increasing trend of money politics in Nigeria, governmental and non-governmental organisations need to expand the scope of their responsibilities to carry out elaborate sensitization and voter education of the masses about the importance of their conscience in the voting process in elections. This paper applied qualitative method of data collection through the use of text books and journal publications while Investment theory of politics was adopted as a theoretical framework for analysis in this piece.

Contemporary Nigerian society is characterized with money politics which has taken a worrisome dimension
and equally the centre stage of her political activities. This ugly trend has become subject of discussion in
recent time in Nigeria and this is largely due to the inability of political parties and their candidates to
conduct their political activities in an orderly manner especially during electioneering campaigns. Party
manifestoes and integrity of candidates contesting for political offices are no longer convincing enough to
guarantee them electoral successes thus, resulting to vote-buying. The readiness of the electorate to sell their
votes to the highest bidder is another disturbing issue which has become a threat to our democratic process.
This paper therefore, examines the implications of such uncharitable behaviour and practice in Nigeria. The
paper recommends among others that to reduce the increasing trend of money politics in Nigeria,
governmental and non-governmental organisations need to expand the scope of their responsibilities to carry
out elaborate sensitization and voter education of the masses about the importance of their conscience in the
voting process in elections. This paper applied qualitative method of data collection through the use of text
books and journal publications while Investment theory of politics was adopted as a theoretical framework
for analysis in this piece.


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