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Nigeria’s elections body has announced that 75 political parties had been deregistered for breaching regulations that govern their operations.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday said the affected parties “did not satisfy the requirement of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution.”

Prior to today’s exercise, Nigeria as Africa’s most populous nation with over 200 million people had a total of 93 registered parties. There are only 18 parties that are currently authorized to operate.

Details of the reasons that led to the de-registration included:

 

  • Failure of the parties to win at least 25% of votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or one local government of a state in a gubernatorial vote.

  • Failure to win at least one ward in a chairmanship election, a seat in the national or state legislature, a seat in at the councillorship level.

 

INEC under section 225 A of the Nigerian constitution (Fourth Alteration, No. 9) Act, 2017 also reserves the power to de-register a party over a breach of any of the regulations for registration.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, share the state-level governance of all 36 states across the federation.

President Muhammadu Buhari led the APC into office in 2015 dislodging the PDP that had governed the country for 16 years prior.

PDP produced three presidents over the period, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umar Musah Yar'Adua and Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Buhari is currently in his second term having secured reelection in March 2016. His tenure ends in 2023 when next polls will be held.

 

African Action Congress

African Action Congress (AAC) is a Nigerianpolitical party created by a Nigerian 2019 presidential aspirant and Publisher at Sahara Reporters; Omoyele Sowore in a bid to contest in the 2019 general elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as President.

The Party was launched in Abuja, the country's capital on the 15th of August, 2018. The slogan of the party is, Take it back-action. The Party National Chairman is Sowore himself. On Monday 13th May, 2019 AAC announced expulsion of Leonard Nzenwa and suspension of other individuals for financial impropriety and anti-party activities.

 

Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)

Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) is a political party in Nigeria. It was founded on December 16, 2016 by Tope Fasua and some politically concerned Nigerians. The party got officially registered and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a full-fledged political party on December 14, 2017, which was exactly two days away from the one year anniversary of the party's formation.

Crowdfunding

The party promotes and practices crowdfunding, taking inspiration from some political parties in developed nations around the world. The party opposes and preaches against allowing moneybags' influence in party operations. The Party relies solely on willful donations, annual subscriptions from registered members, and other innovative means to fund party activities.

Ideology

The ANRP believes itself to be a thinking party and doesn't believe any of the extant ideology can be efficient enough to solve the myriad of problems militating against Nigeria. The Party believes every society has rights to devise peculiar solutions to the peculiar problems they face. The First post-registration National Congress of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, held in February 2018, stated in the Party "Constitution" that "Constructive pragmatism" shall be the Party's Ideology.

 

Abundant Nigeria Renewal Institute (ANRI)

Abundant Nigeria Renewal Institute is the learning establishment set up by ANRP to promote their good governance beliefs and renewal message.

 

Party Structure

The party maintains a lean structure with the aim to quickly deliver results. At the national level, the working committee consist of the National Chairman, Vice Chairman, National Secretary, Deputy National Secretary, Organizing Secretary, Deputy Organizing Secretary, National Financial Secretary, Deputy National Financial Secretary, National Treasurer, Deputy National Treasurer, Secretary for Gender Balance and Youth Development, Deputy secretary for Gender Balance and Youth Development, National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Legal Adviser, National Auditor, Deputy National Auditor, Secretary for Strategy, Deputy Secretary for Strategy Secretary, Internal Controls and Party Discipline, Deputy Secretary for Internal Controls and party Discipline, Secretary for Information and Social Media Engagements, Deputy Secretary for Information and Social Media Engagements, Secretary for Intelligence and Security, Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Security, National Spokesman, Deputy National Spokesman and Deputy Secretary for Chapter coordination.

This structure at the national level is maintained at the state, local and ward level with the exception of three positions: Legal Adviser, Deputy Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary for Chapter Coordination.

The National Executives are made up of the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the 37 State Chairpersons.

 

 Advanced Congress of Democrats

The Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) was an opposition political party in Nigeria, created and first registered in March 2006. In September 2006, it merged into the newly (2005) formed Action Congress. The ACD was primarily composed of former People's Democratic Party members, and was one of a series of anti-Obasanjo coalitions, beginning with the Movement for the Defence of Democracy in 2005, and followed by the AC in 2006/2007. It maintained a small independent organization after the 2007 elections, while its leaders have merged into the AC.

The party was formed by opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow incumbent PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo to seek a third term in office, and had its base of support in the south west of Nigeria.

The then Vice-PresidentAtiku Abubakar, a northerner who opposed a third term for Obasanjo, was believed to back the new party from its inception.

The ACD was largely made up of disgruntled PDP members who felt they had lost power and patronage to the President's supporters. Attempts by the President's supporters to amend the constitution two term limit, allowing President Obasanjo to continue in office for a further four years, led to a rupture of the underlying tension within the party.

Three of the founders of the ACD, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu and Audu Ogbeh, are former PDP politicians, and have complained of harassment and detention by the government since the ACD's founding. In March, ACD chair Alhaji Lawal Kaita, the former PDP governor of Kaduna state was detained shortly after a party rally was shut down by police in Dutse, Jigawa State.

The Vice President, who had previously shown no interest in running for president, was in 2006 the main focus of these former PDP politicians. He was widely expected to be a future Presidential candidate of the ACD.

In September 2006, the ACD led the creation of a coalition with the Alliance for Democracy, the Justice Party, and several other minor political parties, and formed the Action Congress.[3]Atiku Abubakar was its presidential candidate in the 2007 General Election.

 

 

All Blended Party

The All Blended Party is a political party in Nigeria, The party was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a full-fledged political party on December 14, 2017. Archbishop Samson Mustapha Benjamin was the visional founder and Moses Shipi is the national chairman of the party. 

 

Alliance for Democracy

The Alliance for Democracy is a progressive opposition political party in Nigeria. It was formed on 9 September 1998. At the 2003 legislativeelections, 12 April 2003, the party won 8.8% of the popular vote and 34 out of 360 seats in the Nigerian House of Representatives and 18 out of 109 seats in the Nigerian Senate.

In 2007 Chief Dr. Christopher Pere Ajuwa, of the Niger Delta region, ran but lost the race for the seat of President of Nigeria. 

The party was embroiled in a leadership tussle between Mojisola Akinfenwa and Adebisi Akande, which lingered until September 2006 when the 'Bisi Akande faction merged with other opposition parties to form the Action Congress party.

 

Alliance for New Nigeria

Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) is a political party in Nigeria. It was founded in March, 2017 by some politically concerned Nigerians. The current National Chairman of the party is Mr. Emmanuel Dania. The party got officially registered and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a full fledged political party on January 10, 2018.

 

Action Democrtic Party (Nigeria)

Action Democratic Party (ADP) is a political party in Nigeria. It was founded in June 2017 by some politically concerned Nigerians who feel there should be a third force to counter the APC and PDP.  The current National Chairman of the party is Eng. Yabagi Sani. The party got officially registered and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a full-fledged political party in June 2017.

  

Adavanced People's Democratic Alliance

 

All Democratic People's Movement

 

All Progressive Congress

The All Progressives Congress is one of the twomajor contemporary political parties in Nigeria, along with its main rival, the People's Democratic Party. It was founded on 6 February 2013.

APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat on 31 March. This was the first time in Nigeria's political history that an opposition political party unseated a governing party in a general election and one in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another.In addition, the APC won the majority of seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2015 elections, though it felt shy of winning a super-majority to override the ability of the opposition People's Democratic Party to block legislation.

Formed in February 2013, the party is the result of a merger of Nigeria's three largest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP - a faction of then ruling People's Democratic Party. The resolution was signed by Tom Ikimi, who represented the ACN; Senator Annie Okonkwo on behalf of the APGA; Ibrahim Shekarau, the Chairman of ANPP's Merger Committee; and Garba Shehu, the Chairman of CPC's Merger Committee. Ironically, less than 2 years before the party's historic victory in the 2015 elections, Messrs. Annie Okonkwo, Tom Ikimi and Ibrahim Shekarau resigned from the party and joined the PDP.

The party received approval from the nation's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 31 July 2013 to become a political party and subsequently withdrew the operating licenses of the three parties that merged (the ACN, CPC and ANPP). In March 2013, it was reported that two other associations – African Peoples Congress and All Patriotic Citizens – also applied for INEC registration, adopting APC as an acronym as well, reportedly "a development interpreted to be a move to thwart the successful coalition of the opposition parties, ahead of the 2015 general elections." It was reported in April 2013 that the party was considering changing their name to the All Progressive Congress of Nigeria (APCN) to avoid further complications.

In November 2013, five serving Governors from the governing PDP defected to the APC, as well as 49 legislators who joined the ranks of 137 legislators in the APC as a result of the prior merger of the smaller opposition parties. This initially gave the APC a slim majority of 186 legislators in the Lower House out of a total of 360 legislators; however, subsequent political wrangling and pressure from political factions and interests outside the National Assembly of Nigeria, gave the party only 37 additional legislators thus giving the APC a nominal majority of 172 out of 360 Legislators, as opposed to the PDP's 171 (though some smaller PDP-allied parties hold the balance of the other seats. This was further confirmed when the party seated 179 members on 15 January 2015 when the House resumed after a long recess to finally affirm its majority. The governors who defected to the APC were Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State. It had been previously reported that Governors Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State were set to defect from the People's Democratic Party to the APC; however, both ended up remaining with the People's Democratic Party. In the 2015 elections, Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu ran as a senatorial nominee of the People's Democratic Party for the Niger State east senatorial district, losing in a landslide to the APC's David Umaru.

On 12–13 December 2014, the APC was admitted as a consultative member into the Socialist International.

On 4 July 2018, important members who were earlier identified as nPDP caved again out from APC to form "Reformed APC" this is done ahead of 2019 general election. The formation of the R-APC made the opposition, the PDP the majority in the Senate.

Prior to the formation of the APC and its victory in the 2015 elections, Muhammadu Buhari had previously contested (and subsequently lost) the Nigerian presidential elections of 2003 and 2007 as the presidential nominee of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the 2011 Nigerian presidential election as the presidential nominee of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

 Political Ideology

The APC is generally considered to be a centre-left political party that favors controlled market economic policies, and a strong and active role for government regulation. A substantial number of its political leaders are followers of or politicians who subscribe to the social democraticpolitical philosophy of Obafemi Awolowo and the socialist and anti-class views of Aminu Kano. Moreover, the majority of the APC's base of political support is in southwestern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria, which are dominated by the country's largest ethnic groups, the Yoruba and the Hausa-Fulani, respectively.

The APC supports state's rights, advancing state police as part of its manifesto. Its social policy is a combination of social nationalism. Despite the parties' domination by pro-devolution politicians like Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, the party's presidential bearer and the CPC wing is less inclined to federalism.

On 1 November 2017, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia became the first candidate under the party to declare his intention to seek the office of the president of Nigeria in 2019 elections.

 African Demroctic Congress (ADC)

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) is a political party in Nigeria. The party was originally named "Alliance for Democratic Change" when it was formed in 2005, but renamed the African Democratic Congress by the time the party was registered with the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The goal of this name change was for the party to be able "to effectively encompass and reflect the aspirations of our people."The ADC headquarters is located in Abuja, Nigeria, but there are plans for the office to relocate in 2019 The party constitution states that the goal of the party is to create a grass root organization, of and for Nigerians. For the selection of their candidates for the 2019 Nigerian general election, the ADC used the Direct Primary method in which all registered party members participated in the nomination of candidates that would run on the platform of the party at general elections. On 24 September 2018, the African Democratic Congress selected senator Abdulaziz Nyako as the candidate for the 2019 Nigerian general elections.

On 10 May 2018, the party was adopted by former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo's political movement called the "Coalition for Nigeria Movement" (CNM). Obasanjo now serves as the chairman for the party. As per his speech titled "My Treatise For Future Of Democracy And Development In Nigeria", the goal of the CNM adopting the ADC party was "to work with others for bringing about desirable change in Nigeria policy and governance". There are ADC representatives in every state in Nigeria.

As of 2015, there were 5 ADC party members in the Nigerian National Assembly.

They were all members of the House of Representatives and represented constituencies in the Oyo State. There are no ADC party members currently in the Nigerian Senate.

 ADC Constitution

The African Democratic Congress outlines the details of the party and its workings. The constitution contains a preamble, 27 articles, and 3 schedules.According to the constitution, the goal of the ADC is to be a "grass root" party, composed primarily of working-class and disadvantaged Nigerians. The constitution also outlines that membership of the ADC party is open to "every citizen of Nigeria irrespective religion, ethnic group, place of birth, sex, social or economic status", once they are over 18 years old, not an active public officer, and do not belong to any other political party in Nigeria (membership is extended to those who renounce other party affiliations). Monthly dues for membership in the ADC is 200.00 NGN.

 

Presidential Elections

In the 2007 Nigerian Presidential Election, the ADC put forth candidate Patrick Utomi.He obtained 50,849 votes, and placed 4th in the election.

In the 2011 Nigerian Presidential Election, the ADC put forth candidate Rev. Peter Uchenna Nwangwu. He obtained 51,682 votes and placed 8th out of the 20 candidates in the election.

In the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election, the ADC put forth Dr. Mani Ibrahim Ahamad as their candidate. He obtained 29,665 votes which was 0.10% of the votes cast.He placed 7th out of 14 candidates.

 

House of Representatives

As of 2015, there were 5 ADC party members in the House of Representatives and represent constituencies in the Oyo State. Hon. Abiodun Olasupo represents the   OIseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa constituency. Hon. Adeyemi Sunday Adepoju represents the Ibarapa East/Ido constituency. Hon. Olusunbo Samson represents the Oluyole Local Govt. constituency  Hon. Lam Adedapo represents the Ibadan North-East/ Ibadan South-East constituency. Hon. Akintola Taiwo represents the Ona-Ara/Egbeda constituency.

 

 

All Progressives Grand Alliance

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is a political party in Nigeria. At the legislative elections held on 12 April 2003, the party won 1.4% of popular votes and 2 of 360 seats in the House of Representatives of Nigeria but no seats in the Senate. Its candidate at the presidential elections of 19 April 2003, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, won 3.3% of the vote.

In gubernatorial elections of April 2011, Chief Rochas Okorocha (APGA) was elected governor of Imo state, polling 15% more votes than incumbent governor Ikedi Ohakim (PDP). An APGA candidate was first elected as governor of Anambra state.

In February 2013, a faction of the party merged with the Action Congress of Nigeria, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and the Congress for Progressive Change to form the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party currently has a governor, who currently governs Anambra State, South Eastern, Nigeria. Also, in January 2018, the party clinched a seat in the Senate after a by-election. All Local Government Area Chairman in Anambra State, are Card-carrying members of APGA. 

The current party chairman is Victor Ike Oye.

The party experienced remarkable growth during the 2019 elections as it won 7 seats in the House of representatives compared to the 2015 elections where only two seats were won. The newly elected House of representatives are: 

 

Member

State

1

Umeoji Chukwuma Michael

Anambra (Aguata)

2

Chinedu Benjamin Obidigwe

Anambra (ANAMBRA EAST / ANAMBRA WEST)

3

Ifeanyi Chudy Momah

Anambra (Ihiala)

4

Ezenwankwo Okwudili

Anambra (ORUMBA NORTH / ORUMBA SOUTH)

5

Orwase Hembe Herman

Benue State (KONSHISHA / VANDEIKYA)

6

Onuh Onyeche Blessing

Benue State (OTUKPO / OHIMINI)

7

Usman Danjuma Shiddi

Taraba State(IBI / WUKARI)

8

Ossy Prestige

Abia State (ABA NORTH /SOUTH)

 

 

 

All Peoples Party APP

The All People's Party (APP) is a former Nigerianpolitical party. It was formed in late 1998 during a transition from military to civilian rule by a coalition of associations that received considerable support under the regime of Sani Abacha.

Most of the party's support came from the middle belt region and parts of the north.

Following gubernatorial elections in January 1999, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the dominant political party. As a result, the APP and another party – the Alliance for Democracy (AD) – formed a coalition to contest the upcoming presidential election. Olu Falae of the AD was chosen as the coalition's presidential candidate, while Umaru Shinkafi of the APP was chosen as his running mate.

In the 20 February 1999 legislative elections, the APP won 20 out of 109 Senate seats and 68 out of 360 seats in the House of Representatives. The presidential election, held on 29 February 1999, was won by PDP candidate Olusegun Obasanjo. He received 62.78% of the vote compared to 37.22% for the Falae/Shinkafi ticket.

Thereafter, the APP suffered a factional split and contested the next round of elections in 2003 as the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP).

African Renaissance Party (ARP)

 

Because of Our Tomorrow (BOOT Party)

 

Conscience People's Congress (CPC)

 

Communist Party of Nigeria

The Communist Party of Nigeria (CPN) was a communist party in Nigeria. It was founded in November 1960 in Kano, largely by cadres of the Nigerian Youth Congress. Initially the party drew political inspiration from the Communist Party of Great Britain. However, the constitution adopted by the party was based on the 1945 constitution of the Communist Party of China.

However, the party remained relatively isolated from international relations, not having close links with either the Communist Party of the Soviet Union or the Chinese party. When the Socialist Workers' and Farmers' Party of Nigeria was formed in 1963, the CPN denounced it as "the latest effort in a long series of opportunist and egoistic acts which have contributed much towards disrupting the Socialist movement in Nigeria."

CPN was banned by Decree 34 of the regime of General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi in 1966.

 

Citizens Popular Party 

 

Democartic Alternative

On June 3 and 4, 1994, about 200 Nigerians critical of the military politicians and collaborators met in Benin City to examine the political impasse and decide on a political plan for the country and the peoples. The conference concluded with the adoption of the Constitution and Manifesto, The Liberation Charter to inaugurate the Democratic Alternative (DA). The organisation thereby emerged as a political party at the time Sani Abacha was implementing a policy that made it illegal for Nigerians to associate in political parties. The participants in the conference defied the dictatorship and launched what has become the oldest existing political party in Nigeria.

A National Executive Council with Alao Aka-Bashorun and Chima Ubani as President and Secretary-General, respectively, were elected to run the affairs of the party. As demanded by the political situation, the activities of the party from its inception until the demise of direct military dictatorship in the country were focussed on building the party at the national, state and local government levels; engaging in anti-dictatorship protest activities either alone or in association with other anti-dictatorship organisations to enforce the end of anti-democratic and military rule in Nigeria; and operating political education programmes for workers and the peasants in towns, villages and cities across the country.

The party school, Nigerian Peoples’ Institute for Democracy (NIPID) was established in 2003 to carry out formal programmes of political education among members and in the general population. The military dictatorship collapsed to constitutional rule on May 29, 1999. The party was denied free participation in the elections of 1999, but continued with its educational programmes, territorial expansion and popular activities against the right wing parties. At its Convention in Ilorin on January 11, 2003, the party decided to show its programme to the peoples of Nigeria by participating in the 2003 elections following legal victory along with other parties that led to the formal registration of the DA. By fielding candidates at the presidential, some governorship and legislative elections, the party was successful in showcasing its Manifesto and programme in government to the Nigerian peoples.

In May 2017 H.E. Prince Frank Ukonga became the new National Chairman of DA- Democratic Alternative and through his remarkable dexterity has transformed Democratic Alternative to be ranked among the top ten political parties in Nigeria and Africa. The New office of Democratic Alternative -DA is at plot 750 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse/Maitama District of Abuja, FCT. The policy thrust of DA is to contest the 2019 general elections in Nigeria with focus on raising the GNP of Nigeria to above 2,5 Trillion Dollars by 2024, generate 50,000 MW Electricity, produce liquid steel to jump start the Nigerian industrial, Economic and Agricultural Revolution that would create more than 30 million direct jobs and over 50 million jobs in the downstream sectors. This would position the Nigerian state among the top economic giants of the world.

 

Democratic Socialite Movement

The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) is a Trotskyist political party in Nigeria. It is affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International, of which it is the second largest section.

Foundation

The Democratic Socialist Movement was founded in 1986 at a conference of labour and student socialist activists. Due to the ongoing military dictatorship the organisation only operated in a semi-open manner and was identified mainly by the name of its newspaper, Labour Militant (1987–1994) and Militant (1994–1998). Following the death of junta leader Sani Abacha in June 1998 and the impending end of military rule, the DSM launched as an open organisation in July of that year.

Campaigns

During the first 13 years of the section's existence they were heavily involved in fighting against the dictatorship in Nigeria at that time. Since then they have continued to fight for full democratic rights, but also for the rights of workers. This campaigning has led to the arrest several times of leading DSM activists. More recently, the DSM played a leading role in the general strike of June 2007 against high fuel prices.

The DSM launched the Education Rights Campaign, mobilised for a national day of action on education and jobs on 19 June 2013.

Members of the DSM protested at the South African High Commission in Lagos against the Marikana massacre in Lonmin, in which 34 miners were killed.

 Alliances

The DSM has argued since the 1980s for the formation of a mass working people's party and participated in the briefly lived Nigerian Labour Party in 1989. They argue that such a party should be wholly opposed to neo-liberalism and privatisation.

National Conscience Party

In 1994 the DSM joined in the founding by Gani Fawehinmi of the National Conscience Party.In the 2003 elections, the DSM stood as candidates for the NCP and achieved some of the party's highest votes. However, in 2007 DSM members democratically elected at a Statewide NCP conference were bureaucratically replaced as NCP candidates in Lagos State by the current NCP leadership, leading local members to withdraw their candidates from the elections.Since then, Lagos State NCP has quit the National Conscience Party.  National Conscience Party

The DSM launched an initiative for the Socialist Party of Nigeria which was inaugurated on 16 November 2013 in Lagos.

Echoing a split in the Committee for a Workers' International the previous year, in June 2020 a minority of the DSM left to found the Movement for a Socialist Alternative, which is aligned with the International Socialist Alternative, while DSM has aligned itself with the refounded Committee for a Workers' International.

 

Grassroot Patriotic Party (GPP)

 

Justice Must Prevail Party

The Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) is a political party in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The party was registered on 14 December 2017 with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) A stated goal of JMPP is to 'restore social justice, progress, equity and development to Nigeria's political landscape. Members of the party, whether they are new to politics or coming from other parties or affiliations, must take an oath to the party's 'Twelve (12) Pillars.

 

 KOWA Party

KOWA Party (KP) is a political party in Nigeria. KOWA was registered as a political party by the Independent National Electoral Commission on July 16, 2009, by a group of Nigerian Civil Society activists, professionals and technocrats. The current National Chairman of the party is Mr. Saidu Bobboi.

KOWA Party is the first Nigerian political party to adopt online voting, exam writing for candidates in the presidential primary election of the party.

 

Labour Party

The Labour Party is a social democraticpolitical party in Nigeria. In the 21 April 2007 Nigerian National Assemblyelection, the party won 1 out of 360 seats in the House of Representatives and no seats in the Senate. The Party's flag bearer in Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, emerged the state governor after winning a judicial challenge.

The party advocates for various issues as a member of the opposition, from the increment of minimum wage to other issues

History

It was formed in 2002, as the Party for Social Democracy by the Nigerian Labour Congress. Some of the party's former notable members are Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the former Governor of Ondo State and the only Labour Party Governor in Nigeria. Former Governor of Oyo State Chief Alao Akala, Adams Oshiomole, the former Governor of Edo State and suspended Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, The LP Candidate for Delta State, Ogboru etc.

 

2007 Lagos States Elections

Femi Pedro, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, decamped from the Action Congress while in office in protest against the favoring of then-governor Bola Tinubu's candidates in Lagos State, and ran as the Labour Party candidate in the gubernatorial elections of 2007. He lost the election to Babatunde Fashola.

 

Masses Movement of Nigeria

Mega People Political Party*National Conscience Party (NCP)

The National Conscience Party (NCP) is a nationalist political party in Nigeria. The party was formed in 1994 but was prevented from standing in elections until 2003, when it won a legal battle to be able to do so. In the presidential election of that year the NCP candidate, Gani Fawehinmi, came fifth, polling 161,333 votes or 0.41% of the popular vote.

 

 National Interest Party

The National Interest Party (NIP) is a political party in Nigeria. It was formed in 2017 by a group of young Nigerians led by Eunice Atuejide, NIP's founder and first National Chairman. NIP is designed to function predominantly online, therefore it is safe to refer to NIP as the world's first virtual political party. NIP adopts the centrist progressive ideology i.e. neither leftist or rightist. The party balances social conservative values with economic liberalism, thereby striking a balance between liberal ideology supporting social justice and enhanced government regulations, and a conservative ideology supporting pro-business and pro-growth reforms. The party aims to attract exceptional talents of Nigerian descent to vie for elective roles in the polity. NIP is designed to appeal to Nigerians who are willing to work for the betterment of all Nigerians. People who are united irrespective of ethnic origins, religions, creeds, languages, tribes etc. People who will help the party build an all-inclusive Nigeria with the sincerity of purpose that has eluded the country since inception.

Membership of NIP is open to every Nigerian over the age of 18 irrespective of physical location. This allows for Nigerians outside Nigeria to directly take part in shaping the direction of the party, as well as influencing the outcome of primary elections which produce the aspirants for general elections. In effect, Nigerians in the diaspora have the same level of influence as Nigerians within the shores of Nigeria in deciding the affairs of the party, and in the selection of aspirants to vie for office at general elections on the party's platform. In effect, Nigerians in the diaspora may take part in primary elections at NIP, and emerge NIP's final aspirants for participation in general elections in Nigeria from wherever in the world they reside. Nigerians in the diaspora may contest and win NIP's primaries without first making a trip to Nigeria, as they can reach and campaign to all party members via the party's website. All NIP elections are held online.The Structure of NIP.

Key People and Offices

Office

Name

National Chairman

Eunice Atuejide

Deputy National Chairman

Suleiman Barde Ibrahim

National Secretary

Dr Oluwafikayo Seun Adeyemi

Deputy National Secretary

Israel Azeez Audu

National Treasurer

Hadiza Hussein Abdullahi

National Media & Publicity Secretary

Victor Nkemjika Nwankwo

 

Party Executives

NIP strictly admits only men and women with undisputed integrity at the helm of its affairs. The party does not have a large number of executive roles because being a predominantly online platform, the party can function smoothly with fewer executives than most political parties. The party also has fewer than normal physical offices, however, it has many contact and support centres with local schools, business owners, places of worship etc. for the purpose of helping party members navigating the online platform.

 

 

Positions

Slots

Ward Representatives

ca. 8,800 slots

LGA Chairmen

774 slots

LGA Deputy Chairmen

774 slots

LGA Secretaries

774 slots

LGA Accountants

774 slots

Senatorial District Representatives

109 slots

State Chairmen

37 slots

Deputy State Chairmen

37 slots

State Treasurers

37 slots

State Internal Auditors

37 slots

State Organising Secretaries

37 slots

Board of Trustees

150 people max including up to a maximum of 50 Patrons

Patrons

50 people max

National Executive Committee

27 slots

 

Apart from the Board of Trustees and the Patrons who are selected and/or elected in accordance with the party's constitutional provisions, all other positions above are open for free and fair contests via NIP's website. All party members over the age of 21 may contest any of the above positions provided they meet the party's additional constitutional requirements to contest the positions they wish to fill. All members who wish to contest at NIP must first however first submit themselves to NIP's Screening Committee for a thorough background check. All aspirants are checked against the constitutional requirements for holding public office in Nigeria before they are permitted to vie for any office under the platform. Once successfully screened, aspirants are automatically admitted to the Leadership Cadre of the party which comprises all the men and women deemed fit to hold public office and control the affairs of the party. NIP is more interested in selecting honest Nigerians who identify with its ideologies and strategy for bringing about a progressing Nigeria than it is in admitting more popular politicians, the educated or the wealthy class.

 

NIPS’s Leadership and Cadre

Every Nigerian over the age of 18 can join NIP, however, only Nigerians 21 or over, who distinguish themselves may join the Leadership Cadre of NIP. Only those who cross into this cadre may run for office within the party, run on the party's platform to seek political office in Nigeria, and/or get nominated or appointed to hold public office in Nigeria through the party. In effect, members who wish to work as Ward Representatives at extremely remote villages, just like those who wish to contest national elections or even the Presidency must first get past the Screening Committee to cross into the Leadership Cadre to do so. A token is paid by each applicant for the screening, however, candidates who cannot raise the required amount may us