INTERNAL DEMOCRACY AND NIGERIAN POLITICAL PARTIES: THE CASE OF ALL PROGRESS CONGRESS (APC)
Publication Date : 01/1/2019
Internal democracy is an imzortant principle in the operation and survival of any democratic regime globally. Lack of internal democracy creates serious intra-party conflict which can likely threaten regime stability and good governance. This work is an examination of internal democracy in the Nigerian context with reference to All Progressive Congress (APC) as the case study. The problem is the way the party becomes enmeshed in intra-party conflicts at all levels of government and its institutions barely five years into its emergence. The objective of the work is to examine scientifically the level of intra-party conflicts within the ruling APC in Nigeria and how the conflicts threaten good governance, campaign promises delivery and the danger it poses for the entire nascent democracy in the country. The paper used both primary and secondary sources of data. Some selected informants from the appropriate agencies and institutions related to the subject matter of study were interviewed. The secondary sources are books, articles, reports and internet sources. The data obtained were discussed using models and analytical themes and interpretations. The research discovered that the nature and pattern of intra-party conflicts in the ruling APC threaten the country’s democratic rule and has hindered the performance of the party at state and federal levels. The paper recommends for ideological and party discipline as well as politics of non-zero sum games as the ways out of the conflicts.
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