Fairy godfathers and magical elections: understanding the 2003 electoral crisis in Anambra State, Nigeria

Leena Hoffmann

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Abstract

On 10 July 2003, a civilian coup was attempted in Anambra state in South-east Nigeria. Barely two months after Chris Ngige was sworn in as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor of Anambra, a team of armed policemen disarmed his security detail and took him into custody. The governor's attempted ousting made public the breakdown of his relationship with his political godfather, Chief Chris Uba, and sparked a debate on godfather politics in Nigeria. Using the case of Anambra, this article investigates the complex network of personalised relationships that holders of state power maintain with their national and local clientelistic constituencies. It explores the political underpinnings of the crisis and its links to national-level power dynamics, particularly within the ruling party and the Obasanjo presidency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-310
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Modern African Studies
Volume48
Issue number02
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010

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