A Survey of Fulfilment of Campaign Promises: Implications for Political Apathy in Anambra State, Nigeria

Stella Uchechukwu Okeke, Dr Essien Ekpenyong Essien & Clarence Odey Odey


The study examined extent of fulfilment of campaign promises by those elected in the last ten years (2010-2020) in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population was eight thousand, five hundred and fortyone (8,541) respondents. The sample was 1,709 respondents, selected through a multistage sampling procedure which involved simple random, proportionate and accidental sampling techniques. Instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire tagged “Campaign Promises and Fulfilment Rating Scale” (CPFRS) developed by the researchers with four sections and 28 items meant to elicit responses on the three research questions of the study. Reliability estimate of the instrument was established as .73 using Cronbach alpha. Descriptive statistics involving mean, standard deviation, percentages and charts were adopted for data analysis. Results revealed that though candidates were able to identify areas of needs and promised to address them if elected, the extent to which such promises were kept is very poor. It was recommended, among others, that a law should be put in place to compel political office holders to fulfil all campaign promises when elected.

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