University of Jos Institutional Repository >
Centers and Directorates >
Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3424

Title: Peacebuilding and Nigeria’s 2023 General Election: An Analysis of Cases from Benue and Plateau State
Authors: Agberagba, John Tavershima
Keywords: election intimidation
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Humanus Discourse
Series/Report no.: Vol. 3;No.3
Abstract: INEC staff work ethics; voter intimidation and inducement; security agents’ use of firearms, and peacekeeping at polling units. These topics are common election issues that arose in the 2023 Nigerian general election. This article is necessary to address the gap in the scholarly literature on Nigerian elections and its consequent lack of impact on election policy. We use cases from Benue and Plateau states based on participatory observation and descriptive presentation; and were view data from the internet, books, and articles. We theorise, Human Needs, the cases and find that the Police used pep-talk, threats, and firearms during the 2023 general elections in Benue state, but pep-talk is paternalism, an inhibiting satisfier; threats are pseudo-satisfiers and firearms are destructive satisfiers. Moreover, party agents and supporters used abuses and “religious shaming,” inhibiting satisfiers against each other and INEC officers in Plateau. Similarly, the agents and party supporters used cooked food and drinks, salt, Maggi cubes, and bags of rice even on voting day to induce voters. However, INEC staff succeeded in their work, and the elders in keeping peace because they used a synergic satisfier, that is, INEC used self-managed hard work and the elders used wisdom to prevail on agents and supporters not to share induced material at the polling unit. Therefore, we recommend the followings, that is, community elders and youth be trained and paid to maintain peace at polling units; voters be given a meal on election days to reduce voter inducement; some of the prescribed 1999 Nigerian constitutional synergic satisfiers be made rights of Nigerian as a problem-solving for empowering women, youth, the Police, and community elders in minimizing voter intimidation and inducement to conduct credible, free, and fair elections without violence in Nigeria.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3424
ISSN: 2787-0308
Appears in Collections:Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Peacebuilding and Nigeria 2023 General Election published copy.pdf989.12 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
View Statistics

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


Valid XHTML 1.0! DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace - Feedback