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LANDMINES TO WATCH & AVOID ON NIGERIAS POLITICAL ARENA QUOTA SYSTEM, FEDERAL CHARACTER & OTHERS

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Quota system and federal character are enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), thus giving legitimacy to the two contentious issues. These issues, that have constituted serious headaches and barriers to development continue to be source of low quality performance at all government levels, thus impeding development. While the Nigerian Constitution recognizes the right of people to participate freely in activities without let or hindrance, some other sections of the document curtail the rights of people to aspire to certain goals like what looks like discrimination in the education sector, employment, and distribution of amenities. One very strong factor affecting the quality of governance is the calibre of the political actors. A good leader will produce good vision and mission. Leadership, therefore, constitutes a critical determinant of good governance. However, the leader must be supported by good hands to whom powers and duties could be delegated for the overall success of the team. An assemblage of knowledgeable, dedicated and committed hands would undoubtedly prove beneficial to the society; and for team work and blending. Experience in the early days of the attainment of nationhood indicates that the best materials were fielded by political parties and the various constituencies of representatives of the people. However, some other considerations like religious and ethnic considerations have crept into the selection process, throwing up mediocrity instead of merit and competence. POLITICS AS INVESTMENTS Politics is largely now seen as an investment with huge amounts going into campaigns by politicians who naturally nurse the ambition of recouping their investments after winning elections, and for securing political appointments. Again, politics has been greatly monetized such that many who engage in the vocation now view it as a do-or-die affair. The aforementioned, have resulted into allegations and counter allegations of sharp practices by contestants. Regrettably, electoral contests have been fiercely fought, not on the basis of issues, but with every conceivable dirty manner which has consequently generated bad blood among the contestants. The problem of godfatherism (manipulation of political rulers by powerful interests) has taken a prominent place with politicians now relying on godfathers or notable political figures in their various constituencies to be able to secure the tickets of political parties for electoral contests, and to be able to garner the support of the people. The consequential effect is that such politicians have owed allegiance to politicians who assisted them…

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