Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2020)
The synergy between law and politics: An overview of 2019 elections in Nigeria
Author(s): Omodele Adeyemi O
Abstract: The connection between law and politics is sometimes taken for granted within the Nigerian electoral system. Law, particularly the judiciary represented by the courts underlies the ground in which elections are carried out and determined the outcome of results. Legal decisions are as a rule determined by political considerations rather than by legal interpretations and guidance, there must always be a clearly defined line or marked distinction. The increased apprehension in recent times following the outcome of the 2019 Nigeria Presidential Elections, between Atiku and Buhari, the two major contenders and their political parties, the PDP and the APC has aroused tension between the political branches and public legal institutions in Nigeria which has prompted calls for legal and political reforms from several quarters. This is because the outcome has been said to likely affect the vigor of Nigeria’s nascent democracy. Through a survey of extant literature and documents (qualitative desktop work) on themes related to law and politics and the 2019 Nigeria Elections, the paper analyzed Nigeria’s public legal institutions, their pivotal role in collective decision making after elections and their relationship with the political branches of government. The theory adopted for the paper is game theory. The theory is being used in carrying out day-to-day administration globally. Game theory is the study of mathematical models of strategic interaction among rational decision-makers. Beaming focus on the 2019 Nigeria Presidential Election, the synergy between law and politics is also examined and ensuing problems and areas of conflict when it came to establishing legal and political order at the end of the elections and its implication for future elections was established.