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1 JACL 88 (2017)
Judicial Corruption, Institutional Reform and the Electoral Process in Nigeria

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                                                                  Waziri B Adisa*

Shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the demise of several African one-
party regimes,  leaders of a number   of African countries began  the process  of
reconstructing the postcolonial African state by embarking on policy and political
reforms. This decision was  informed by the  fact that, since independence, many
African countries have been  wracked  by  political and economic crises that have
prevented  the state from  pursuing the rapid growth  and economic  development
needed  to fight poverty and material deprivation on the continent. This study argues
that while corruption has  contributed largely to the development  crises in post-
independence  Nigeria, the problem of judicial corruption is a major impediment to the
attainment of sustainable electoral reform in Nigeria. The study substantiates this
hypothesis by citing instances of corruption in the Election Petition Tribunals of the
2003  and 2007  general elections in Nigeria. It is submitted that corruption in the
judiciary helps to undermine electoral reform by ensuring that the decisions of the
Election Petition Tribunals are compromised  and  the  mandate  of the  people is
subverted. Suggestions are offered to reform of the Nigerian electoral process with a
view to fighting corruption in the judiciary.

*      PhD, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos.
       E-mail: wadisa@unilag.edu.ng; adisawazira@yahoo.com.

JACL 2017 1(1) pp 88 - 106


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