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In direction of 2023: Opposition Politics And Electoral Democracy In Nigeria 1999-2022, By Richard Odusanya

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This text seeks to assess the influence of electoral democracy in Nigeria especially thru the performance of the opposition between 1999 and 2022, overview the inner shortcomings of opposition occasions, and fill a projection in the case of a vivid democratic position that will streak beyond routine elections to keep up a correspondence to the flaws preoccupying the Nigerian lots and its attendant consequences.

The significance of opposition in nation-running is a record as outmoded as democracy. It ensures the accountability of authorities and preserves its institutions. Therefore, the necessity for vibrancy in opposition.

For a democracy as young as Nigeria’s, a multi-celebration system and solid opposition preempts a return to authoritarian rule. It also staves off the reoccurrence of 1-celebration dominance. A earn of dominance that breeds corruption and enables ineptitude to streak unchecked. Thus atmosphere Nigeria aside from the vogue of African international locations with suppressed oppositions and as a result unsafe democracies.

Nigeria wants a vivid opposition, the absence of that will additional weaken Nigeria’s institutions and endanger human agency. A wholesome opposition represents the folks as powerful because the authorities does. It ensures the circulation of diversified opinions and criticisms in the political discourse. It also retains the authorities in check.

In check of the half-hearted and lackadaisical perspective of essentially the most essential opposition celebration, which affords a straightforward jog to the ruling celebration, APC throughout the length of its scoot and fumble, President Muhammadu Buhari’s name for a vivid and guilty opposition is successfully timed and essential.

The APC is a veritable instance of a non-invasive laser shape centered on vivid opposition. The celebration at infancy, showcased the capability and resolution to set apart the authorities of the day on its toes. They mobilized every the civil society and the citizens for aggressive opposition that resulted in what we enjoy now got recently. Disappointedly, we originate now not enjoy this form of incongruence that will perchance perchance also checkmate the recent gladiators.

On the fresh time, because the ruling celebration APC goes on with the consensus plan that is programmed to manufacture a unity record majorly dominated by a clique of the former PDP contributors because the incoming National Working Committee (NWC). The 1,000,000 buck check is, what manner of opposition are we anticipating from essentially the most essential opposition celebration whose essential other are the ones running the blow their personal horns in the ruling celebration?

In a similar vogue, at the heart of these expectations lies the pertinent utter of elections. Elections are meaningfully democratic if they’re free, just correct-making an try, participatory, competitive, and decent. a democracy is in misfortune when two out of three voters don’t trouble to expose up for a presidential election. 

In Nigeria’s presidential poll of 2019; President Muhammadu Buhari used to be re-elected “allegedly” with the backing of 15.2 million voters in contrast to the 11.3 million votes his major rival Atiku Abubakar, used to be credited with. Even supposing this gave Buhari 56% of the total votes solid, in a nation with a population of extra than 200 million, alongside with extra than 84 million registered voters, 15.2 million votes hardly ever qualifies as a huge mandate. 

The 35% voter turnout used to be down from 44% in the 2015 presidential election and plot down from the 54% turnout in 2011. If truth be told, turnout for Nigerian presidential elections has been shedding at an alarmingly consistent rate since 2003. The check then is why are increasingly fewer Nigerians feeling the necessity now not to vote in elections that come to a resolution essentially the most noteworthy political place of work?

Political participation is an very essential side of democracy. By competing in elections, political occasions provide citizens a preference in governance, and when citizens volunteer their time to capture half in politics by voting for the length of elections, they’re exercising their standard democratic rights.

It’s, therefore, incumbent on us to either take to sit down down down and throw verbal missiles on social media or to chart a brand unusual course for our nation by popping out en masse to vote for a TRANSFORMATIONAL, ingenious and innovative leader for the length of the forthcoming 2023 standard elections.


Richard Odusanya is a Social Reform Crusader and the convener of AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI

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