Political Science

Political Development in Nigeria: A Review

Political Development in Nigeria


This study examines, investigates, and surveys opinions of Nigerians on some of the factors that influence party and party system development in Nigeria, using data elicited from the three Senatorial Districts of Edo State, Nigeria. The exercise was embarked upon against the background of the widespread desire of Nigerians for the country to attain the highest height of party politics. To be sure, Nigerians have been clamoring for the country to evolve, organize and develop viable political parties that will aid the democratization process. The question raised has been whether the political attitudes and predispositions of the Nigerian public are supportive or antagonistic to the identified factors influencing and shaping party and party system development in Nigeria.

The stratified random sampling was used to select the respondents or sample of 1,200 Nigerians, from Edo-North, Edo-Central, and Edo-South Senatorial Districts of Edo State. The measurement instruments were the structured questionnaire and in-depth interview, designed to enable the researcher to get at the trend of party development in Nigeria. The data collected were analyzed with the aid of simple percentages, and the chi-square and Yule’s Q to test and determine.


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