ELECTIONS, LEGITIMACY AND INSECURITY IN NIGERIA’S FOURTH REPUBLIC

Muhammad Murtala

Abstract



This study discusses electoral fraud, which accounts for the inherent legitimacy crisis across the country, based on data obtained from secondary and primary sources. The constitutionality of the government is seriously challenged by the levity with which governance is undertaken to meet citizens’ basic needs and expectations. The findings show that the ability to conduct free and fair elections has been excruciating and has ramifications for quantum insecurity, prevalence of poverty, greed, unemployment, hunger and other dishonest practices in the Nigerian society. Free and fair elections are factors for arresting insecurity and state collapse and bring about development. Electoral fraud is a product of ineffective and illegitimate governance. It is no paradox that there is no trust between the leaders and the led once the electoral process is free, fair and credible, the emerging political leadership would enjoy legitimacy and stability. The paper concludes that if electoral process is tainted with irregularities, the society is often doomed to contend with the repulsive repercussions.

 

 

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