Political Parties In Nigeria Essay

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In any democratic dispensation, one major organization that drives the democratic processes are the political parties that field candidates who will represent the people and also deliver democratic dividends at all levels. Most nations have major political parties that win in most of the elections while there are still other smaller parties that are not even represented in government at all. In this piece I will be highlighting the ones we have but people hardly know about.
1. DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S PARTY
This party was founded in 2006 by disgruntled members of the All Nigeria People’s Party. Their presidential candidate for the 21st April, 2007 Attahiru Bafarawa came last in the election with total votes of 289,324. Jeremiah Useni who was the founding national chairman of the party was a federal minister during the military government of Gen. Sani Abacha. He was suspended in December 2008 after making a statement that the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa was a national sacrifice. He was succeeded by Biodun Ogunbiyi who criticized his leadership as the cause of their failure to win any seats in Senate or Federal House of Representatives.
2. CITIZENS POPULAR PARTY
The party was founded by a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Oliseh Agbakoba (OON); who is known for
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Its guiding principles and vision is centerd around the creation of a new Nigeria, a country that every of its citizen will be proud of, a country that will hold its head very high in the committee of other nations, a country where people's actions and attitudes will be guided fully by the rule of law and basic principles of equity, fairness and justice. It participated in the 2003 general elections with Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, a former minister of finance and World Bank consultant as its presidential

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