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From Ruling Party to Opposition Party: The Defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria's 2015 General Elections


innocent, Alfa Patrick and Haji Yusoff, Kamarul Zaman and Rajanthiran, R. Sivaperegasam P. (2017) From Ruling Party to Opposition Party: The Defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria's 2015 General Elections. In: 2nd International Research Conference on Economics Business and Social Sciences, 11-12 July 2017, Park Royal Hotel Penang Malaysia.

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Abstract

Objective: The rationale of this paper is to examine the factors that led to the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria's 2015 general elections after dominating Nigeria's political landscape since the return to democracy in 1999.Methodology: This paper is qualitative and made of use of secondary data such as textbooks, journal articles, reports of election observer teams, party constitutions, workshop papers, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) documents, the Electoral Acts and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The thematic analysis of the information gathered helped to dissect the circumstances that were responsible for the electoral defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the current ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections.Results: The research discovered that some factors were responsible for the defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general elections, chief among them is the abysmal lack of internal party democracy in the party. Implication: The paper asserts that though political parties are indispensable institutions in a democracy, for them to make fundamental contributions to democracy, they must, among other things, adhere to the tenets of internal party democracy in order to sustain their electoral strength and make a profound contribution to democratic growth.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISSN-2523-1537 Cover and Layout: Sobia Nasir, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy Distributed by: School of Economics, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan Pakistan (www.bzu.edu.pk) Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy (www.globalcsrc.org) School of Economics Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia (www.sefb.uum.edu.my)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political parties, internal party democracy, elections, democratic consolidation, peoples' democratic party
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Business Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 00:03
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 00:03
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/24867

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