INTRA-PARTY CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA: THE CASE STUDY OF PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)

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INTRA-PARTY CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA: THE CASE STUDY OF PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)

ABSTRACT

Party system is one of the essential tools for democracy. In all democracies, conflict is inevitable. This is true because democracy seeks the effective ways through which a society should be governed, borne not out of contest either internally or externally. Conflict results whenever two or more persons seek to possess the same object or occupy the same position and play incompatible means of achieving their purposes. What has the situation been like in the internal contest of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)? What are the factors responsible for intra-party conflict in the People Democratic Party? How do these factors affect Nigeria as it moves towards democratic consolidation and sustainable development? What is the way forward? These are the premises of this paper with an in-depth analysis of the concept by addressing the rate at which it occurs overtime. From all indications, it is observed that the parochial idea of the party stalwarts in the People Democratic Party is highly defective. The paper then maintains that there should be transparency in party financial administration and the imposition of candidates into any elective position should be abolished, among other ways forward. It then concludes that unless intra-party democracy is embraced solution to intra-party conflicts and total political violence in Nigeria will be a mirage.

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