Ethnicity and Election Outcomes in Nigeria: Interrogating the 2015 Presidential election

The objective of this paper is to investigate the effects of ethnicity on the
outcome of the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria. In order to achieve
this, the descriptive-statistical analysis of the official election results
released by the country’s Election Management Body (INEC) as well as a
historical analysis of past presidential elections in Nigeria was adopted.
The findings revealed that the major contestants received bloc votes from
their various states and geo-political zones. This indicated that candidates
appealed to ethnic sentiments to garner votes. The policy implication of
this scenario includes the fact that ethnic bloc voting destroys inter-ethnic
accommodation and efforts at nation building. It is, however, recommended
that efforts should be intensified towards providing a compelling statutory
set of principles for nation building and national integration which will
in turn guarantee the peaceful co-existence for people of diverse ethnic

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: elections, ethnic bloc voting, ethnicity, rational choice, voting behaviour
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