Publisher: University of Calabar

Political Parties and The Quest For Democratic Sustenance In Nigeria'S Fourth Republic

Alfa Patrick Innocent, Kamarul Zaman Haji Yusoff, R. Sivaperegasam P. Rajanthiran
KEYWORDS: Political Parties, Democracy, Ideologies, Intraparty Democracy, Democratic Sustenance

ABSTRACT:

This paper argues that Nigeria's Fourth Republic political parties have failed to contribute fundamentally to the country's democracy. Though it lends credence to the widely held believe that political parties are essential elements in democratic states, it contends that Nigeria's Fourth Republic political parties lack the necessary traits that would enable them make crucial inputs to democratic sustenance. As a conceptual paper, the methodology is descriptive. Through the use of secondary data like textbooks and relevant journal articles, the paper undertook a scholarly exploration of Nigerian political parties from First to Fourth Republic and unveiled the bottlenecks that hamstring them from carrying out their democratic roles. The paper concludes with suggestions on ways of repositioning Nigerian political parties.

This paper argues that Nigeria's Fourth Republic political parties have failed to contribute
fundamentally to the country's democracy. Though it lends credence to the widely held believe that
political parties are essential elements in democratic states, it contends that Nigeria's Fourth Republic
political parties lack the necessary traits that would enable them make crucial inputs to democratic
sustenance. As a conceptual paper, the methodology is descriptive. Through the use of secondary data
like textbooks and relevant journal articles, the paper undertook a scholarly exploration of Nigerian
political parties from First to Fourth Republic and unveiled the bottlenecks that hamstring them from
carrying out their democratic roles. The paper concludes with suggestions on ways of repositioning
Nigerian political parties.


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