International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Obasanjo and the Burden of Elections in Nigeria, 1999- 2007: A Historical Analysis
Olusanya Faboyede

The widespread suspicion and outright rejection of electoral results on the nascent democracy and nationbuilding bear deep reflections. This was an indication of political problem on the general dissolution of the populace of Nigeria, a heterogeneous country. This study examines reasons for ‘Umpire dilemma’ in the conduct of elections under Obasanjo’s administration; despite its good intention and humble bearing on the nascent democracy in Nigeria. But how this would be possible in the Abuja-Centred structure is the task of this study. Poor sense of history is one of the main causes of electoral malpractices in Nigeria, because citizenry failed to learn from the mistakes of the past on the conduct of elections, which make history to be repeating itself. To attain the aim of this study, analysis of historical data would be the conceptual framework.

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