Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Political parties of Nigeria

News reports announce the formation of a new political party in Nigeria. The new leaders are some of the "big men" in Nigerian politics. There are many parties registered in Nigeria, but politics and government are dominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and party it defeated in 2015, the People's Democratic Party (PDP). (Keep those abbreviations in mind as you read this article.)

New Party, APDA, Unveiled to Sack APC
A new political party, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, promoted by some kingpins of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was unveiled, yesterday, in Abuja…

The party was birthed with the promise of projecting an egalitarian democracy, internal democracy in its activities and ultimately sacking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Among the PDP bigwigs spotted at the unveiling, yesterday, was broadcast mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi… However, many PDP bigwigs previously linked with the party stayed away from the launch and were believed to have monitored the event…

Speaking yesterday, [Chief Dan Nwanyanwu; former national chairman of Republican Party] said the party was formed to give Nigeria a truly progressive party in the face of what he claimed was the dominance of reactionary persons in some self-styled progressive parties…

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