Political Development Discourse: A Patriarchal Matrix of Representation in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic


  • Godwin Ihemeje Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria




Electoral process, Nigeria’s fourth republic, patriarchy, representation, women.


This paper explores the effect of patriarchal-construct on political development in Nigeria’s fourth republic. It compares representation matrices by gender in both executive and legislative organs of government with a view to revealing wide gap that exists between the male and female political office holders since May 29, 1999. The paper relies extensively on secondary source of data collection and descriptive analytical method. The paper submits that it is the men construct of political power with less consideration of the women folk that accounts for low representation in Nigeria’s fourth republic. It recommends a gender-reconstruct of political development that encourages women’s participation and representation at primary and general elections; as well as strict adherence to democratic ideals and principles of electoral process.

Author Biography

Godwin Ihemeje, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Department of Local Government StudiesObafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria/ Lecturer 1 


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