Every day, we see the same names of political parties in Nigeria appear in the news, which makes it look like there are only about five of them. However, that is far from the truth. Find out how many parties there are in Nigeria, as well as who leads them. You will not believe just how many of them exist in the country as you explore the politics in Nigeria!
Nigeria's politics is one of the most interesting ones in Africa. Apart from the country having a large population, it appears as though political power is something a lot of leaders strive for, at least going by the numerous parties that exist today.
Political parties in Nigeria
Have you ever wondered, "How many political parties are in Nigeria?" Well, they are more than you imagined. Chances are that you probably know of the major ones, the ruling, and opposition, and have heard of a few vocal ones too.
Since the days of the First Republic, Nigeria has had multiple political parties (apart from the times of the Third Republic, where there were only two parties). The number fluctuated over the years, but there have never been as many as there are today.
In case you do not know, there were 68 parties in Nigeria. The number then shot up since 23 new parties registered in 2018, with the trend likely to increase.
This means that it is as good a time as any to learn the names of the political parties in Nigeria, as well as the names of their leaders. Find out if there is any Nigerian party you want to be associated with. Below, you can find the full list sorted in alphabetical order.
However, before we get into the existing political parties, you may want to find out a few things first.
How many political parties do we have in Nigeria?
Currently, Nigeria has 91 political parties. The number went up from 68 after more parties registered just before the last elections.
The increase can be attributed to the fact that different parties strive to address people's issues by getting a chance at the national platform where changes can be effected.
What are the names of political parties?
Nigeria has numerous political parties as listed in the article below. The very first one was Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP) which was formed in 1923 by Herbert Macaulay. Creators of political parties always have an agenda before creating one and inviting people to join
Political parties in Nigeria and their leaders
For your viewing convenience, information is presented in the following format: “Political party name (Abbreviation): Leader name". Here is the list of political parties in Nigeria you need to know:
- Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP): Tope Kolade Fasua;
- Accord (A): Mohammad Lawal Malado;
- Action Alliance (AA): Udeze Kenneth;
- Action Democratic Party (ADP): Yabayi V. Sani;
- Action Peoples Party (APP): Ikenga Imo Ogochinyere;
- Advanced Allied Party (AAP): Salihu Abdullahi Butu;
- Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD): Peter Blavo;
- Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP): Charles Ogboli;
- Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA): Mohammed Shittu Kabiru;
- 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;
- All Grassroots Alliance (AGA): Olukayode Oshiariyo;
- All Progressives Congress (APC): National Caretaker Committee;
- All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA): Victor Ikechukwu Oye;
- Alliance for a United Nigeria (AUN): Michael Ndu;
- Alliance For Democracy (AD): Joseph Avazi;
- Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN): Jay Osi Samuel;
- Alliance National Party (ANP): Asiwaju Mashood Shittu;
- Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD): Emeka F. Okengwu;
- Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN): Ganiyu O. Galadima;
- Allied Peoples Movement (APM): Yusuf Mamman Dantalle;
- Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN): Bilkisu Gambari;
- Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP): Godswill Iheanyi Chukwu Nnaji;
- Change Advocacy Party (CAP): Abah Lewis Elaigwu;
- Change Nigeria Party (CNP): Usman Abdullahi I. Aliyu;
- Coalition for Change (C4C): Geff Chizee Ojinika;
- Congress of Patriots (COP): Joy Ada Onyesoh;
- Democratic Alternative (DA): Frank Ukonga;
- Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC): Olusegun Peters;
- Democratic Peoples Party (DPP): Benson Gershon;
- Freedom and Justice Party (FJP): Onwubuya John Abraham;
- Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH): Chris Okotie;
- 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;
- Labour Party (LP): Mike Omotoso (INEC website still claims it is Abdulkadir Abdulsalam (Baraden Paiko));
- Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN): Ahmed Mustpha Wushishi;
- Liberation Movement (LM): Kriz David;
- Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA): Chika Ibeneme;
- Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN): N/A;
- Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN, previously Mega Progressive Peoples Party): Hamisu Santuraki;
- Modern Democratic Party (MDP): Adebukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi;
- Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD): Danjuma Muhammed;
- National Action Council (NAC): Olapade Agoro;
- National Conscience Party (NCP): Yunusa Tanko;
- National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP): Umar Mohammed Maizabura;
- National Interest Party (NIP): Atuedide Eunice Uche Julian;
- National Rescue Movement (NRM): Saidu Muhammed Dansadau;
- National Unity Party (NUP): Perry Opara;
- New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP): Yakubu Shendam;
- New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP): Boniface O. Aniebonam;
- New Progressive Movement (NPM): Mustapha Bala Getso;
- Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP): Ademola Babatunde Abidemi;
- Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP): Charles Idehen;
- Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP): N/A;
- Nigeria for Democracy (NFD): Asukwo Mendie Archibong;
- Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC): Suleiman Ahmed Akasawua;
- People For Democratic Change (PDC): Mudi M. Waziri;
- People’s Trust (PT): Ahmed Muh. Sani;
- Peoples Coalition Party (PCP): Don Anthony Chukwuma Harmattan;
- Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM): Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim;
- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP): Uche Secondus;
- Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN): Razak Eyiowuawi;
- Peoples Progressive Party (PPP): Damian Uzoma Ogbonna;
- Peoples Redemption Party (PRP): Balarabe Musa;
- Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA): Peter Ameh;
- Providence People’s Congress (PPC): Benson Adeton;
- Re-build Nigeria Party (RBNP): Japhet Anyanwu;
- Reform and Advancement Party (RAP): Israel Nonyerem Davidson;
- Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP): Nsehe Nseobong;
- Save Nigeria Congress (SNC): Thomas Ayo – Da-silva;
- Social Democratic Party (SDP): Olu Falae;
- Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN): Segun Sango;
- Sustainable National Party (SNP): Kayode Arimoro Michael;
- United Democratic Party (UDP): N/A;
- United Patriots (UP): Audu Mark Emmanuel;
- United Peoples Congress (UPC): Kenneth C. Ibekalu;
- United Progressive Party (UPP): Chekwas Okorie;
- Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN): Bankole Okuwa;
- We The People Nigeria (WTPN): Peter Nwangwu;
- Yes Electorates Solidarity (YES): Alistair Soyode;
- Young Democratic Party (YDP): Georgina Dakpokpo;
- Young Progressive Party (YPP): Comrade Bishop Amakiri;
- Youth Party (YP): Chukwudi Onyemaechi Adiukwu;
- Zenith Labour Party (ZLP): Dan Nwanyanwu.
There are numerous registered political parties in Nigeria, which means that citizens are spoilt for choice. It is advisable to go through different parties' ideas before settling on which one to join.
Note that the political parties in Nigeria and their slogans and logos stand for different things. Take time to establish which ones match your ideals before you join. After all, logos of political parties in Nigeria are their identities.
Importance of political parties in Nigeria and their slogans and logos
Political parties are easily identified by their slogans and logos. It is therefore important that these parties have a unique symbol that they can be recognized for.
The electorate tends to react differently to slogans and logos, and may even vote based on the interpretations they get from these symbols.
Congratulations if you have made it this far, because boy, that is a lot of parties! Now you know the full roster of Nigerian political parties and their leaders. We hope that this information on political parties in Nigeria has been helpful to you.