Political participation in Nigeria seems to have taken an unpatriotic dimension as political engagements are assumed to be determined by the immediate financial gain accrued to the individual on account of his or her participation. Thus, the study investigated influence of gender and ethical moral self on political participation in Southeast Nigeria. Five hundred and twenty-nine (529) adult citizens participated in the study. Participants comprised 251 males and 278 females who were within the age range of 18 and 64 years with a mean age of 34.67 years. Political participation scale adapted from the job engagement scale and the ethical moral self scale were used for data collection. Data analysis using 2-way ANOVA revealed significant influence of ethical moral self on political participation, F(1,525) = 5.19, p = .02; non-significant influence of gender, and non-significant interaction of gender and ethical moral self on political participation. The result of the study is a mirror image of the current political corruption in Nigeria. The study recommends a more sincere and selfless political engagement on the part of the present and future political stakeholders.
Keywords: Corruption; ethical moral self; gender; political participation; Southeast Nigeria