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Nigeria’s electoral body has registered 21 new political parties bringing the total number of parties to 67, at the time of publishing this article.
Some of the new parties are founded by either aggrieved party members from the ruling party or the main opposition party to fulfill their political ambitions ahead of 2019 General Elections In Nigeria.
In a communiqué signed on behalf of Independent National Electoral Commission by May Agbmuche-Mbu, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its usual weekly meeting today and took decisions on the registration of new political parties, the findings on the allegation of double registration by the Governor of Kogi State and the outstanding Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.
“The following associations have fulfilled the Constitutional requirements for registration as political parties:
|S/No.||Name of Political Party||Acronym|
|1.||All Blending Party||ABP|
|2.||All Grassroots Alliance||AGA|
|3.||Alliance for New Nigeria||ANN|
|4.||Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party||ANRP|
|5.||Coalition for Change||C4C|
|6.||Freedom and Justice Party||FJP|
|7||Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria||GDPN|
|8.||Justice Must Prevail Party||JMPP|
|9.||Legacy Party of Nigeria||LPN|
|10||Mass Action Joint Alliance||MAJA|
|11.||Modern Democratic Party||MDP|
|12||National Interest Party||NIP|
|13.||National Rescue Mission||NRM|
|14.||New Progressive Movement||NPM|
|15.||Nigeria Democratic Congress Party||NDCP|
|16.||People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty||PANDEL|
|18.||Providence People’s Congress||PPC|
|19.||Re-Build Nigeria Party||RBNP|
|20.||Restoration Party of Nigeria||RP|
|21.||Sustainable National Party||SNP|
Nigerian politicians are notorious for creating new party affiliations ahead of general elections, while they end up endorsing ruling party in order to benefit from the political posts largely controlled by the ruling party.
During the last 2015 General Elections, some new parties didn’t win any seat even at the ward level, and we’re expected to see the same scenario play out in 2019 elections.