An Examination of Causes and Consequences of Conflict Between Legislature and Executive in Cross River State, Nigeria

Bassey Antigha Okon, Raphael Pius Abia, Omono Cletus Ekok, Bassey Umo Antigha

Abstract


The study reviewed legislative-executive relationship in Cross River State fourth republic democratic government. The paper examines causes and consequences of conflict which was discovered as the nature of the relationship. Expost facto research design was adopted in which 100 sample was selected and studied. Data obtained was analysed using simple percentage analysis. The study also relied on secondary data obtained form archival materials. Discussion revealed the existence of harmony and conflict. The empirical test shows that the relationship was essentially conflictual. Causes of conflict discovered include: pride and personality clash, perceived executive dominance, ignorance of constitutional provisions, functional overlapping and performance of legislative oversight function. Consequences of conflict identified include: delay in discharge of duties, stalemate, disunity and outright opposition. The study recommended mutual respect as panacea to conflict, dialogue, bargaining and negotiation as well as constant interaction in workshop conferences and meetings. The study maintains that harmonial legislative-executive relationship is essential for the growth, development and sustenance of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n1p179


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