DETERMINANTS AND IMPACTS OF POLITICS OF GODFATHERISM AND REGIONALISM IN THE YOBE STATE

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Mustapha Alhaji Ali
Hadiza Mali Bukar
Abdulkarim Babagana

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The politics of godfatherism and regionalism has become a phenomenon in the political development of many nations Nigeria inclusive. The paper examined the determinants and impacts of the politics of godson and regionalism in Yobe state. Indeed, the politics of godson or the elites have entered every hook and crannies of the state and have affected the political arrangement of the political system. The paper is qualitative in nature, data were generated from secondary sources where several related articles, newspapers, magazines, books were consulted, etc. In explaining the topic under study, the researcher adopted the Elite theory. This theory was propounded by Vilfredo Pareto in 1935, the postulation of the theory is that elites could only be replaced by another set of elites, meaning that the majority are unavoidably governed by the minority. The study found that the politics of godfatherism courses and affect the political development of the Yobe state by restricting power in the hands of the few, in a specific geopolitical zone of the state. This has led to inter-party and intra-party defections, decamping, and conflicts among the party members. Therefore, the study recommends the adoption of the direct primary election in the chosen candidates in all levels of governance. INEC should also make a law that will discourage money politics and punish the culprit involved in such an illegal act. To minimize the politics of Godfatherism, there is a need for political awareness campaigns on the effects of political godson on the political development of the state.

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Alhaji Ali , M. ., Mali Bukar, H. ., & Babagana, A. . (2020). DETERMINANTS AND IMPACTS OF POLITICS OF GODFATHERISM AND REGIONALISM IN THE YOBE STATE. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 5(1), 59-74. Retrieved from https://e-jlia.com/index.php/jlia/article/view/143
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Mustapha Alhaji Ali , Department of Political Science and Administration, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Nigeria

Mustapha Alhaji Ali has a wide knowledge of working at college and university as a lecturer and teaching students' several courses in Political Science and Public Administration. He worked at the Colleges of Administrative and Business Studies Potiskum Yobe State Nigeria as a lecturer. He held the position of Departmental Examination Officer CABS Potiskum 2007-2008, Secretary Electoral Committee CABS Potiskum 2008. Presently working with Yobe State University as lectures I at the Department of Political Science and Administration. He held several positions in the university among are: Level Coordinator Political Science Department Yobe State University Damaturu 2011- 2016, Departmental Exams Officer Political Science 2010-2015, Staff Adviser (National Association of Pol. Sci. Students) 2013-Date, Head of Department Political Science & Administration Yobe State University November 2015- Aug. 2016. He teaches different subjects of political science at the University and College of Administrative and Business Studies Potiskum Yobe State. These include Government, Government Paper Work Procedures (GPWP), Theories and practice of administration, Nigerian government and politics, introduction to statistics, Conflict management among others. Presently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Universiti Utara Malaysia in political science.

Hadiza Mali Bukar, Department of Political Science and Administration, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Nigeria

Hadiza Mali Bukar has extensive knowledge of working at a college of education Maiduguri Borno state and the university as a lecturer and teaching students' various courses in Public Administration. She worked at the Sir Kashim College of Education Maiduguri Borno State. Nigeria as a lecturer. Presently working with Yobe State University as lectures I at the Department of Political Science and Administration, Nigeria. She held the position of Departmental Examination Officer, Level Coordinator, and Deputy Director Consultancy at the university. She teaches the various subject, these comprise of Introduction to public administration, Conflict management, and public policy analysis among others.

Abdulkarim Babagana, Department of Political Science and Administration, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Nigeria

Abdulkarim Babagana is also a lecture with the Department of political science and administration Yobe State University Damaturu, Nigeria. He held various positions in the department, these include Level Coordinator, Departmental Examination Officers, and Staff Adviser among others. He teaches numerous courses in the department of political science and administration, these include Introduction to public administration, research methodology and comparative public administration among others.

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