The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959: Politics and Administration in a Developing Political System

The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959: Politics and Administration in a Developing Political System

The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959: Politics and Administration in a Developing Political System

The Nigerian Federal Election of 1959: Politics and Administration in a Developing Political System

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This study was made possible by acts of generosity from three sources: firstly from the Committee of the Leverhulme Research Awards, which gave me the scholarship which enabled me to spend eighteen months in Nigeria in 1958-60; secondly from Professor R. H. Barback, Director of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, who gave me every help and encouragement while I was at University College, Ibadan; thirdly from Professor K. E. Robinson, Director of the London University Institute of Commonwealth Studies, who secured for me the Research Fellowship which enabled me to work full time on this book.

In travelling round Nigeria I was given help and hospitality by hundreds of people, politicians, administrative officers, and ordinary electors. I owe special debts to Mr. R. E. Wraith and Mr. J. J. Warren, the Chairman and Secretary of the Federal Electoral Commission; to Messrs. R. K. Floyer, Stephen Henry, and D. J. M. Muffett, the Regional Senior Federal Electoral Officers; and to Mr. F. S. McEwen, National Secretary of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, Mr. S. T. Oredein, Principal Organizing Secretary of the Action Group, and Mallam Habib Raji Abdallah, Principal Organizing Secretary of the Northern People's Congress, who amongst other things gave me letters of introduction to their party branches. My thanks are also due to Dr. Eme Awa, Mr. Obiete Chiemeka, and Mr. A. J. Fox, who helped me organize public opinion polls in the Eastern Region.

With regard to published material, my debt to the work of Professor James S. Coleman, Dr. P. C. Lloyd, and Dr. M. G. Smith will soon become apparent, though they are in no way responsible for what I have said. The staff of the Library of University College, Ibadan, in particular Dr. Bankole Akpata, and the Librarian of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Mrs. Valerie Bloomfield, and her staff have been very helpful in finding the material I needed. After I had left Nigeria Miss Jenny Dobbin, Research Assistant at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research . . .

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