n Ubuntu : Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation - Single party dominance and democracy in Nigeria : the Peoples Democratic Party

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2078-760X
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4950


This contribution seeks to examine the development, causes and effects of single party dominance as exemplified in Nigeria's ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, on Nigeria's democracy. It traces its development, activities and performance over the years since the return to democratic rule and concludes that it has failed in its democratic responsibilities of aggregating social interests, representing specific constituencies, and serving as intermediaries between state and society. As it is only a viable party system that can be a strong basis for democracy, the party, along with others in opposition, which have continued to exhibit anti-democratic tendencies have continued to undermine the development of the party system, the state and democracy in general. In this kind of environment where unchecked political power leads to a culture of impunity, leadership gloats and pretends that all is well and (political) corruption flourishes unhindered; there is need for change in order to avoid the recent experiences of countries of the Maghreb and Arabian Peninsula.

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