The 2014 Governorship Election in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Leke Oke

Abstract


This paper interrogates interest groups and the 2015 Gubernatorial Election in Ekiti state, Nigeria. It argues that, as against the general notion and belief in the potency and power of the elites in determining the outcome and results of elections, the 2015 Gubernatorial Election in Ekiti state was largely determined by the activities and electoral politicking of the various interest groups across the three Senatorial Districts and political division of the state. Rather than championing the course of the elites, the political terrain seemed hijacked by the hitherto relatively political insignificant interest groups that orchestrated strategies and mobilized against the elites in determining the outcome of the Election. It is within the purview of the paper that the conduct of the elections fulfils one of the fundamental dictates of democracy. The election reawakened the capability of groups and their potency in shaping electoral game. It contends that the political economy of the agrarian state coupled with the grassroots politicking as well as the inherent interests of the various groups in the state dictated the outcome. Utilizing secondary and primary data, the paper avers that the result of the election which saw the incumbent losing to the erstwhile impeached governor of the state is a paradox in democratic experimentation. It therefore canvasses a paradigmatic shift in Nigeria democratic discourse to accommodating ‘decadence’ rather than dividends of democracy as a prelude to winning elections in the country.


Keywords


Election, Democracy, Interest Groups.

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