Implications of Vote Buying for Democracy in Nigeria
The researchers examined vote buying and its implications in Nigerian democracy. This paper employed quantitative method. Data were sourced from eligible register voters in Ogwa, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State using questionnaire. Data were analysed with simple percentage and Liner regression using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The finding revealed that there is a significant relationship between vote buying and electoral violence in Nigeria. Findings further showed that vote buying and dividends of democracy are significantly related in Nigerian democracy. It equally indicated that vote buying has a significant relationship with partisan loyalty in Nigeria. Thus, it was recommended among others that Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) should carry out a crushing enlightenment campaign across the nook and cranny of the country to educate the voters and politicians about the evils and ills of vote selling and buying on Nigerian democracy.