Forty-Three Political parties in Nigeria with Uncertain Future

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January 7, 2008

 

Political parties with uncertain future

By Olayinka Oyebode

Accord Party

Accord Party had a unique position in the arrangement of political parties on the ballot papers used for the April elections because it was first by virtue of the alphabetical listing. However, the only thing the party managed to achieve in the elections was the Delta North Senatorial District won by ranking Senator Patrick Osakwe. Prior to the elections, there were claims that the party had the backing of then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and that he would use its platform to ensure the election of some of his supporters who did not get the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s ticket. The rumour gained ground ahead of the elections, but evaporated suddenly after the polls when the party could not record any meaningful result. Accord Party could not participate in most of the local government elections that took place last month. At the moment, most of its state chapters are no longer functional.

Action Alliance

The birth of the AA and its present state is a testimony to the fact that anything can happen in the political arena. A former Obasanjo aide, Chief Rochas Okorocha, had founded the party and secretly funded it while still serving as the presidential special adviser on inter-party affairs. His initial plan was to run for the presidency on the platform of the party but he later dumped the platform to seek the presidential ticket of the PDP. Today, Okorocha is eyeing the chairmanship seat of the PDP. Over time, the AA, has passed through some leadership crisis, leading to changes in the party structure. Yet, it has nothing to show in terms of political base or followership.

Action Party of Nigeria

Led by Alex Anielo, the APN was not among the political parties that participated in the April elections for obvious reasons. Activities at its Emeka Ampoku Street, Abuja national headquarters have also slowed down considerably, just as its state chapters are almost non-existent. A few of its national officers have also taken up appointments in some PDP-controlled states.

African Democratic Congress

The ADC provided one of the few exciting moments ahead of the 2007 polls, in view of the well-coordinated campaign of its presidential candidate, Prof Pat Utomi. Utomi actually brought some zest to the campaign and gave some credibility to the party. The problem then was that Utomi’s well received campaign machinery lacked the required support from the state chapters. Today, the state chapters are almost non-existent, thereby leaving whatever remains of the party to the personality of Utomi and the national chairman, Ralph Okey Nwosu.

African Politcal System

It would appear that the APS did not exist beyond the registration ceremony that greeted the mass registration of parties in 2006. Curiously, the section of the INEC website detailing information on the parties does not have anything about the APS. Needless to say that the party’s structures are non-existent in the states.

African Renaissance Party

ARP is also in the mould of non-existing parties, as it is gradually fading out. Led by Alhaji Yahaya Ndu, the party has remained largely invisible since last year.

All Peoples Liberation Party

Even though it contested the presidential election where it polled a miserable 22,459 votes, APLP has never been seen as a serious political party. Led by Emmanuel Okereke, a former campaigner for life presidency for the late dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, the APLP has no visible structure. Today, activities at its Abuja national secretariat are at zero level while the state chapters are non-existent.

Allied Congress Party of Nigeria

Little about this party is in the public domain. It has not held any major event since its registration.

Better Nigeria Progressive Party

The Dr. Iheanyichukwu Nnaji-led BNPP polled 11,705 votes in the presidential election to register its presence at the April poll. But beyond this, nothing has been heard about the party, neither does it have state chapters, owing to lack of human and financial resources.

Citizens Popular Party

The National Chairman of the CPP, Chief Maxi Okwu, stepped down temporarily to serve as its presidential candidate. Shortly after the party’s 14,077 votes at the poll, Okwu returned to his former seat as the party’s national chairman. Early signals of the party’s weak structures emerged when it could not move its presidential campaign train beyond a few geo-political zones. Today, most of the state branches, which operated mainly from the private residences and offices of members, are no longer in operation.

Community Party of Nigeria

The Musa Bukar Sawi-led CPN is one of the numerous parties that had little or no presence prior to and after the April elections.

Congress for Democratic Change

Like CPN, the Edozie Madu-led CDC has little or no presence anywhere.

Democratic Alternative

The DA was designed to be a platform for human rights and pro-democracy activists. The choice of Dr. Abayomi Ferreira, a renowned activist, as its leader says a lot about the party’s disposition. But the activists who were expected to utilise the platform became inactive after its registration. The structure of the party was quite flawed such that it operated mainly from the Ilupeju, Lagos residence of its national chairman. It also does not have state chapters.

Democratic Peoples Alliance

The DPA, quite unlike many other political parties, gained much fame during the last election by virtue of the well-oiled campaign machinery of its Lagos State governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje. However, at the national level, the party did not attain much. At present, the party is still very visible in the South-West. Even at that, its governorship candidate in one of the South-West states has identified with the PDP government in the state. The party is also at the risk of members returning to their former bases.

Democratic Peoples Party

The DPP proved skeptics wrong when it polled a total 289,324 votes to place fifth in the last presidential election. The feat was attributed to the doggedness of its founder and presidential candidate, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa. With the presidential ambition of Bafarawa out of the equation, nothing much is happening within the party. The development has propelled many of its members to return to the ANPP, from where the party sprang up.

Fresh Democratic Party

Twice, flamboyant Pentecostal pastor, Rev. Chris Okotie, laid a divine claim to the presidential seat, and twice the vision failed to materialise. The FDP was floated essentially to actualise this much touted divine instruction. But Okotie, who refused to challenge or criticise the outcome of the April elections, has since concentrated on his pastoral work, while the burden of sustaining the party now rests on the shoulders of some inexperienced leaders of the party. The party, which operated mainly from its Adeniyi Jones Street, Lagos office, did not field candidates for majority of the positions in the last elections and has not participated in any political activities thereafter.

Hope Democratic Party

HDP has nothing to show for its registration.

 Justice Party

The performance of the Ralph Obiora-led JP in 2007 was a far cry from the level the party had attained in 2003. Today, a good number of its members have gone back to seek greener pastures in the PDP. With the exemption of Lagos State where there are occasional activities, most other state chapters are comatose.

Labour Party

Many people had thought that the LP would serve as a platform for the likes of former Nigeria Labour Congress President, Adams Oshiomhole. But the former NLC boss opted for the AC, thereby reducing the profile of the party. Even in Lagos State, where the party had a colourful campaign by virtue of the candidature of Femi Pedro, the former deputy governor of the state, it has no clout. Pedro, in November 2007, defected to the PDP along with a good percentage of the party’s executive.

The Ondo State chapter is, however, keeping hope alive as it remains the most effective, especially in view of the ongoing trial of the petition of the party’s governorship candidate, Rahman Mimiko, at the election tribunal.

Liberal Democratic Party

LDP is in the mould of the likes of the APLP. Nothing much has been heard from the party before and after the elections.

Masses Movement of Nigeria

Led by Major Mojisola Adekunle-Obasanjo (rtd), the MMN was formed to actualise the presidential ambition of the controversial female politician who was also its presidential candidate in the April elections. Adekunle-Obasanjo, who personifies the party, merely handpicked any of the loyal members as candidates for various positions in the election. Also, a major crisis bordering on financial impropriety hit the party badly as many of the members rose against the founder.

Movement for Democracy and Justice

MDJ was originally founded by Alhaji Mohammed Dikko Yusufu in a bid to actualise his presidential ambition in 2003. The former Inspector-General of Police later stepped down from the party hierarchy. Ahead of the 2007 election, the party had lost much of its colour and had become a weak horse as at the time of the election.

Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy

MRDD was formed as a ‘special vehicle’ by some disgruntled members of the PDP. Majority of the members later moved on to form the AC, while INEC was bent on not recognising the MRDD. But a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court compelled INEC to register the party. But by that time, its soul and body had relocated to AC.

National Action Council

Obviously, the NAC was floated to actualise the presidential ambition of its leader, Dr Olapade Agoro. The entire party structure centred around Agoro and majority of the party decisions were taken at his Ikeja office, Lagos which also doubles as the head office of a faction of the Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP). Nothing much has happened to the party after it polled 5,682 votes in the April election.

Nigeria Advance Party

Founded by Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, NAP is one of the few ideology-based political parties in the country. Unfortunately, some of its ideologies are not realistic. The party did not spread much beyond Lagos State and that made it easy for it to slip to oblivion after the poll.

National Conscience Party

Like NAP, NCP is also ideology-based. Founded by human rights Lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, the NCP championed the opening of the political space with the celebrated case it won against INEC in 2002. Fawehinmi, however, drew back from contesting the 2007 election. Dr. Osagie Obayuwana emerged as the presidential candidate and led the party to the poll where it recorded 8,229 votes. Today, the party is divided and has very little to show for its existence.

National Democratic Party

The national leadership of the NDP did not hide the fact that the party was formed to serve as a platform for the realisation of the presidential bid of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. Somehow, the calculation did not work out even after the former military leader was carefully schemed out of the PDP. The development put some doubt on the NDP’s pretension to being a serious party, leading to its loss of relevance.

National Majority Democratic Party

The NMDP, has ceased to be of any relevance after the presidential election, where its candidate, Solomon Akpona, polled a total 5,666 votes. There is very little or no presence of the party at the state levels before and after the election.

National Reformation Party

Led by elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, the NRP is one of the ideology-based political parties. But the decision of the party leadership to opt out of the April elections robbed it of the goodwill it enjoyed in some parts of the country. Although members of the party still rally round its leaders, it is obvious that the state chapters no longer exist.

National Solidarity Democratic Party

Established by a former Anambra state governor, Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju, NSDP is one of the parties that did not participate in the April election because of its weak structure. The structure is still very weak, and the party has no visible presence in any part of the country.

National Unity Party

Led by Chief Perry Opara, the party’s only claim to party activities was its participation in the April election where its candidate, Aminu Abubakar polled a total 4,355 votes. Nothing is happening in the party thereafter and none of its state chapters is functional.

New Democrats

Prof. Issa Odidi, the National Chairman of the ND, was also its candidate in the April presidential election, where he polled a total 5,408 votes. ND has no visible presence in the states.

New Nigeria Peoples Party

The NNPP is one of the parties that went into oblivion soon after its registration. The party could not field candidates for majority of the positions in the last election.

Nigeria Elements Progressive Party

The NEPP was floated by a former AD chairman, Ambassador Mamman Yusuf, and like most other parties of its kind, the party could not achieve much before and even after the election, owing to its weak structures. The party has since gone into oblivion.

Nigeria Peoples Congress

The NPC made a mild statement when it beat all odds to participate in the April presidential election, where its candidate, Dr Brimmy Olaghere, polled a total of 33,771 votes. Besides that result, nothing remarkable has happened in the party.

Peoples Mandate Party

The party was originally established as the Eastern Mandate Union, before it metamorphosed into PMP. The party has an appreciable presence in the south east zone, as a result of the popularity of its founder and presidential candidate, Dr Arthur Nwankwo. In spite of that, the party has surrendered to the superiority of other parties like PPA, APGA and has very little or no roots in the zone presently.

Peoples Progressive Party

PPP had a lot of promises during its formation period. But its leaders could not translate the goodwill to electoral advantage. Hence, the party is nowhere in any part of the country and could not muster enough strength to participate in the April election. For now, the party is non-existent.

Peoples Redemption Party

The PRP had so much promise ahead of the election based on the activities of its National Chairman and former Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa. The party is strong in ideology, but remains weak in terms of spread and relevance across the states.

Peoples Salvation Party

There are no serious evidence of PSD’s presence in most states.

Progressive Action Congress

PAC is another offshoot of the AD. It came into existence in 2003 as an alternative platform for some aggrieved members of AD. In 2007, the party had lost much of its relevance and could not muster enough strength to participate in the presidential election. Today, the party is almost non-existent even in Lagos, that used to be its stronghold.

Republican Party of Nigeria

The 13,566 votes polled by the presidential candidate of the RPN at the April election, Chief Sunny Okogwu, was the height of the party’s relevance in the current dispensation. It would appear that the party went into oblivion after the election.

United Democratic Party

Like majority of the parties, UDP has no justification for its registration. There are no visible state chapters before and after the April election, in which it could not participate.

United Nigeria Peoples Party

Mallam Saleh Jambo-led UNPP had a lot of promises when it came into existence shortly after the 1999 election. But its link to Babangida became its Achilles heel. In the midst of that, it was plagued with a leadership crisis as factions battled each other to gain control of the party. By the time it was time for the election, the party was nowhere.

 

NM NOTE:

 

The other parties (to  make up a current total of 50) are:

 

1. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

2. Action Congress (AC)

3. All-Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)

4. Alliance for Democracy (AD)

5. All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

6. Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)

7. Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD)

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Forty-Three Political parties in Nigeria with Uncertain Future”

  1. justice e.o.osasere says:

    where is nigeria going to?

  2. Jacob Zuma says:

    This is a complete scrap and misinformation to the public,

  3. onyinye says:

    wteava!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Raheemah kelani says:

    No where

  5. Raheemah kelani says:

    I think nigeria is getting worst every single day.

  6. Holah J says:

    there is strength in number but not in this multiparty system of ours

  7. Junaid mohammed says:

    Please is ANPP still in Existence and someone can be able to contest in 2019 in the party even with the present marger,to form APC by the political dealers

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