GODFATHERISM AND 2018 DALA LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION IN KANO STATE OF NIGERIA
GODFATHERISM AND 2018 DALA LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION IN KANO STATE OF NIGERIA.
Bayero University Kano, Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Public Administration
Godfatherism in Nigerian politics is a clog in the wheel of progress. The menace of godfatherism in Kano State, particularly Dala local government has incessantly frustrated the realization of noble goals, despite the effort of the electoral body to institutionalize democracy in all ramifications. It is against this backdrop that this study intends to examine implication of godfatherism during the 2018 Dala local government election. The study utilize both primary and secondary data. The elite theory was employed as the theoretical framwwork. The theory is based on the notion that every society holds a ruling minority, a group that controls and disputes the most important power sources. Not only do elites dispute power (reaching different levels of conflict and violence), but new elites also enter the game through different mechanisms of elite recruitment. Thus, the core of elite theory relies in explaining elite behaviour, elite interaction, elite transformation and, ultimately, the connection between those instances and state outcomes. The study found that Godfatherism is not only a phenomenon in Kano state, it has penetrated to local government level. The data gathered that corruption still remains the bane of godfatherism. Finally the study recommend that democratic institutions should be strengthened to eschew the system from godfatherism and politicization of government policies and programmes.
Keywords: Godfatherism, Democracy, Politics, Elite-theory, Government.