Free and fair elections have been a central force for democratic sustenance and consolidation all over of the world. However, the paradox of Nigeria’s 2011 election – adjudged free, fair and credible by many throughout the world – is that it may have spawned a very dangerous web of insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria and left hundreds of southerners’ lives and properties destroyed. While some political pundits attribute the rising tide of violence to state fragility, others insist that it has been motivated by crudely racist notions. This paper attempts to unravel the circumstances that led to post-2011 Presidential election violence, beyond the cosmetic findings of the Nigerian government and argues that the goals, methods, and strategies exhibited by the violent protest indicate an intense elite conspiracy within the state of Nigeria. Circumstances also demonstrate that there continues to be a lack of any fundamental social contract for the 250 or so ethnic and sub-ethnic nationalities of Nigeria that were railroaded into pseudo-amalgamation in 1914. The study concludes that unless a common code of political behaviour is adopted by means of a round-table discussion, this divisive incident will snowball into a full blown disintegration.