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Internal Democracy and Leadership Crisis in the Nigerian Legislature

  • Taofeek Oluwayomi Gidado


This chapter investigates the nexus between internal democracy and the leadership crisis in the Nigerian legislature. Since the return to civil rule in 1999, the crisis of leadership commonly heralding the birth of a legislative assembly is usually spawned by the spoils of office. We contend that the impunity that is largely associated with the primaries of political parties reflects the character of politics in a rentier state. Public office is exploited for personal enrichment and the structure of the state promotes impunity in governance. This chapter concludes that the crisis of leadership is unconnected with the desire to serve, but is largely driven by the opportunities that such exalted office provides in the distribution of patronage.


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  • Taofeek Oluwayomi Gidado
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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