POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND RURAL DWELLERS IN NIGERIA: A REVIEW OF THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN IBEJU-LEKKI AREA OF LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA

Abdulkareem Onakoya (PhD)

Abstract


In any political system and in any sane democratic society, the citizens are expected to be involved in the political process and decision making by joining political parties, taking part in voting during elections, participating in electoral campaigns, community affairs and other political activities.  Meanwhile, the euphoria that often welcome democracy, as well as the building blocks of political culture such as, social welfare, security, justice and equality, freedom, human rights and good governance are not only elusive in political system in the rural areas, but visibly unattainable in every political regime that rural populace has experienced. It is against this backdrop this paper examines the trend of political culture in the context of rural populace in Lagos state with a particular focus on the 2015 general elections in Ibeju-Lekki area of the state. Therefore, this paper anchors on the Participatory Democratic Theory as its theoretical framework. Simple Random Sampling (SRS) method was adopted using structured questionnaire for sixty (60) respondents who were fishermen, artisans, civil servants and farmers were chosen from three villages in the 11 wards of the Local Government, 20 from Igando-Oloja, 25 from Akodo and 15 from Lekuru representing the north, south and west of the council area. The data from the primary source were analysed using simple percentage method. The analysis of the result shows that the factors which determine political participation of the rural people included education, sex, family background, occupation etc. Based on these findings, it is recommended that a high level of political education for the rural dwellers must be embarked upon by the government and politicians must also keep to their electoral promises, among others.

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General Elections, Political Participation, Rural dwellers, Review, Nigeria.

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