A contextual analysis of party system formation in Nigeria, 1960-2011

By Aliyu Mukhtar Katsina

Intellectual Discourse, Vol. 21, No. 2 December 2013


This article investigates the parties and party systems in Nigeria since independence. The article argues that the country has witnessed four different types of party systems corresponding to the four democratisation attempts that saw the emergence of constitutional governments since 1960. Special focus is awarded to the transformations of the four party systems and developments in their various institutional designs including regulating the number of parties that participate in the electoral politics of the country. In trying to achieve its objective, the article adopts chronological and thematic approaches. Chronologically, the paper investigates these party systems in successive order beginning with the First Republic when the elements of party politics were first adopted in Nigeria. Thematically, the article focuses on those issues that influenced the formation and transformation of the party systems from the First Republic in 1960 to the present Fourth Republic.

Aini Maznina A.Manaf

Aini Maznina is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication, KIRKHS, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She is also the Coordinator and Editor of IIUM Today.

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