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Elections and Governance in Nigeria's Fourth Republic

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Elections and Governance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic is a book about Nigerian politics, governance and democracy. It at once encompasses Nigeria’s post-colonial character, its political economy, party formation since independence, the role of Electoral Commissions, as well as, indepth analyses of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 general elections that involved extensive fieldwork. It also presents aspects of the 2011 and 2015 general elections, while discussing the state of democratic consolidation, and lessons learned for achieving good governance in the country. It is indeed, a must read for students of politics, academics, politicians, statesmen and policy makers, and in fact, stakeholders in the Nigerian democracy project. The book stands out as a well-researched and rich documentary material about elections in Nigeria, and the efforts so far made in growing democracy.

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Elections and Governance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic
This book is a product of CODESRIA National Working Groups.
Dedication
For those who stood firm, and sacrificed for democracy that we may have progress
Elections and Governance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic
Edited by
Osita Agbu
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Contents
About the Contributorsvii ……………………………….........……………………………………………………………….…… Acknowledgementsix …………………………...……………………………………………………………….......………………...… Abbreviations………………………………………………………………….............………………………………………………....xi
Introduction Osita Agbu1 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....................
 1.TheNigerian StateandPoliticsin the Fourth Republic OsitaAgbu9 ………………………………………………………………………………………………..…..…………  2.AnOverview ofParty Formation inNigeria, 19601999 OsitaAgbu27 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……  3.Electoral Commissionsand the Conduct ofElectionsin Nigeria:  TheRoleofINEC  Pamela OgwuazorMomah37 …………………………………………………………………………...………  4.GovernanceandLocalGovernmentElectionsin Nigeria’s Fourth Republic  ChinweNwanna53 ……………………………………………………………………………………….…...……
 5.Overview of the An State HousesofAssemblyElections  SharkdamWapmuk81 ………………………………………………………………………………….......………  6.Review of the National A AssemblyElections  SharkdamWapmuk99 …………………………………………………………………………………..……......…  7.PresidentialandGubernatorialElections in the Fourth Republic  OgabaOche123 ……………………………………………………………………………………..……………..……
 8.ConsolidationofDemocracyand GoodGovernancein Nigeria:  TheRoleof Civil Society  OgabaOche137 …………………………………………………………………………….....................………………  9.Impact of theElectionsonGovernance: LessonsLearned  OsitaAgbu149 ………………………………………………………………………..............………………....……… 10.ElectionsinSelect AnnotatedNigeria: A Bibliography  Pamela OgwuazorMomah…………………………………………………………163 ……....…………… 11.Postscript 183 …………………………………..............................................……………………………....……………
About the Contributors
Osita Agbuis aResearch Professorat the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos,and the editor of thisvolume.Hisspecializations includeGovernance and Democratisation, Technology and Development, PostConflict Studies and NigeriasForeignPolicy.Hewas formerly,editor of theNigerian JournalofInternationalAffairs.His published works includeThreat to DemocracyEthnic Militias and the in Post Transition Nigeria, 2004; WestAfricasTrouble Spotsand theImperative forPeaceBuilding, 2006; and Ethnicity and DemocratisationinAfrica: Challenges forPoliticsandDevelopment, 2011. He is a l s opublishedin manyreputablejournals.
Ogaba Ocheis a Research Professorand Head,ResearchandStudiesDepartmentat the Nigerian Institute of InternationalAffairs, Lagos.Hehad previouslylectured at the Universityof Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria, and hasseveralpublications inPolitical ScienceandInternational Relations.Hisareasofinterest includeAfricanPolitics, InternationalRelations, Strategic Studies,ConflictStudiesand Political Economy.
Chinwe NwannaisaSenior Lecturerin the Department ofSociology,University ofSheLagos, Nigeria. has numerouspublicationsinSocialWork, Gender andPopulation Studies, HIV & AIDS, Reproductive Health,UrbanSociologyand Labour Migration. Currently, she is the Coordinator of B.Sc.SocialWork Programmein the Faculty ofSocial Sciences, UniversityofLagos.She is also theBusinessManager ofUNILAGSociological Review,a journal published by the Department ofSociology.She has received various awards for academic andresearch excellenceofthe Faculty awards as including the Social Sciences DistinguishedResearcher2007/2008Sessionand the best PhD thesis in the Humanities, 2009.
SharkdamWapmukis a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. His research interests include Democratisation, Integration Studies, and Nigeria’s relations with the Emerging Powers. He has been published in several journals and has contributed chapters in some books. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Jos, Nigeria.
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Pamela OgwuazorMomahis the Deputy Director, Readers andBibliographic Services, Library and DocumentationServicesat the Nigerian Institute of InternationalAffairs,Lagos. She holds a B.Sc. degree in International Studies from Marymount ManhattanCollege,NewYork,USA, and an MLSdegreein Library Sciencefrom theUniversityof Ibadan, Nigeria.