How many political parties are in Nigeria?

Nigeria, being the largest economy in Africa, and housing the largest population in the continent operates on an interesting type of politics.

Political power in this part of the world appears to be something that many leaders crave. This, among other political events and factors, has brought about the number of political formations that currently exist in the country.

As you know, political parties are organizations that coordinate candidates to compete in a particular country’s elections.

In a democratic country such as Nigeria, voters have the right to elect their leaders to represent them in government, and these leaders are usually nominated for election under the umbrella of different political parties.

So how many political parties do we have in Nigeria currently?

Number of political parties in Nigeria today

The total number of registered political parties across the country has increased over the years. The evolvement of these organizations has played significant roles in the democratic journey of Nigeria going back in time during the early years of independence attainment.

The total number of political parties in Nigeria used to be around 68, until a few years ago, precisely in 2018, when an additional 23 new parties were registered.

Today, Nigeria recognizes the existence of ninety-one political parties, and with the way things are going, the number is likely to increase in the coming years.

Reason for the number of political parties in Nigeria

When discussing the formation of political parties in Nigeria, one can not do but touch on the historical development and events that ushered in these structures.

It is very dissimilar to some African countries where the number of political parties is relatively few. In Nigeria, one of the major reasons for the number of political parties we have now is the desire by different leaders to address people’s issues.

They believe this can be actualized only if they get a chance at the national platform to effect change. Unfortunately, most of these leaders have different approaches, beliefs, values, and backgrounds.

This is why it is necessary to familiarise yourself with the names of political parties in Nigeria and their manifesto as detailed below.

Some of the political parties in Nigeria today and their leaders

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caretaker Committee (Chaired by Mai Mala Buni)
Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) Charles Ogboli
African Action Congress (AAC) Sowore Omoyele
African Democratic Congress (ADC) Ralph Okey Nwosu
African Peoples Alliance (APA) Emmanuel Urhuarhovie
All Blending Party (ABP) Moses Godia Shipi
All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) Okey Chikwendu
Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) Mohammed Shittu Kabiru
All Grassroots Alliance (AGA) Olukayode Oshiariyo
Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD) Emeka F. Okengwu
Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Onwubuya John Abraham
Arimoro Michael United Patriots (UP) Audu Mark Emmanuel
Young Progressive Party (YPP) Comrade Bishop Amakiri
Youth Party (YP) Chukwudi Onyemaechi Adiukwu
Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim
Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Dan Nwanyanwu
Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH) Chris
Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) Odion Cedrack Okpebholo
Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) Sam Eke
Hope Democratic Party (HDP) Ambrose A. Owuru
Independent Democrats (ID) Edozie Madu
Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP) Sarah Nnadzwa Jubril
Kowa Party (KP) Saidu Bobboi
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Victor Ikechukwu Oye
Allied Congress Party of   Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) Israel Nonyerem
Save Nigeria Congress (SNC) Thomas Ayo – Da-silva
Social Democratic Party (SDP) Olu Falae
Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Segun Sango
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus
Sustainable National Party (SNP) Kayode


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