ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND INTERNAL PARTY DEMOCRACY: A STUDY OF 2007 PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY ELECTION IN RIVERS STATE

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ABSTRACT

The democratization process is a continuous one and political parties play an integral role in it. Nigerian political parties are no different. However, since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999, Nigerian political parties have betrayed a very low rate of internal democracy. This is more obvious in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) especially as it relates to the conduct of party primaries. This study examined administration of justice and internal party democracy in the 2007 gubernatorial election primaries. Two research questions which bordered on the application of the rule of law and the structure of the PDP were raised. Using the Marxist theory of the State as the framework of analysis, it was
revealed that the PDP is oligarchic in structure and thus revolves around a few influential party leaders whose words constitute law in the party. But for the intervention of the judiciary, the PDP hierarchy would have succeeded in subverting justice in Rivers State PDP during the 2007 gubernatorial election primaries.

TABLE OF CONTENT
Title Page – – – – – – – – – – -i
Approval page – – – – – – – – – – -ii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iii
Acknowledgement – – – – – – – – – -iv
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – v
Table of Content – – – – – – – – – -vi
CHAPTER ONE:
1.1 INTRODUCTION – – – – – – – – -1
1.2 Statement of the problem – – – – – – – – 5
1.3 Objective of the study – – – – – – – – -9
1.4 Significance of the study – – – – – – – – 10
1.5 Literature review – – – – – – – – 11
1.6 Theoretical Framework – – – – – – – – -34
1.7 Hypothesis – – – – – – – – – -37
1.8 Method Data Collection – – – – – – – – -38
1.9 Method Data Analysis – – – – – – – – -38
CHAPTER TWO:NIGERIAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND DEMOCRACY.
2.1 The theory of Democracy – – – – – – – -46
2.2 The PDP and Democracy – – – – – – – – -51
CHAPTER THREE:THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY THE RULE OF LAW AND THE 2007 GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY ELECTION IN RIVERS STATE
3.1 Historical Foundation and Development of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) -54
3.2 Political Parties and Internal Elections – – – – – – -56
3.3 Candidate’s Selection process in the PDP – – – – – -57
3.4 The Rule of Law and the -2007 Gubernatorial primary Election in Rivers state -60
CHAPTER FOUR: THE STRUCTURE OF THE PDP AND INTERNAL PARTY DEMURELY IN NIGERIA
4.1 Internal Party Democracy and its Requirement – – – – – -66
4.2 Internal Party Democracy and Oligarchy – – – – – – -69
4.3 Argument for Internal Party Democracy – – – – – – -71
4.4 Promotion of Internal Democracy in Political Parties – – – – -73
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – – – – -78
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – -79
5.3 Recommendation – – – – – – – – – -81
Bibliography – – – – – – – — – – -83

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