People’s Democratic Party

People’s Democratic Party
  • Name of Political Party: People’s Democratic Party
  • Headquarters of the party: Wadata Plaza, Michael Okpara Way, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja
  • Year of formation: 1998
  • Prominent persons that formed the party: Alex Ekweme, Atiki Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Jeremiah Useni, Solomon Lar
  • Prominent persons still in the party: Bukola Saraki, Seyi Makinde, Nyesom Wike, Aminu Tambuwal.
  • Brief history of the party: The party was formed in 1998 after the Military administration of Abubakar Abdulsalam lifted the ban on political activities. The party had chosen the former head of state and political prisoner as her presidential candidate and Atiku Abubakar, the governor-elect of Adamawa and a former member of SDP as his running mate. The party held sway of political power at the national level from 1999 to 2015 before losing to General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress producing 3 Presidents and countless lawmakers and state governors. The People’s Democratic Party is one of the two majority parties in Nigeria.
  • Highest position attained by the party: The Party has produced 3 presidents.
  • Political leanings and ideology of the party: National conservation, Economic liberalism.
  • Where the party has its largest base in the country: The Party has a national spread
  • Party website: www.peoplesdemocraticparty.com.ng
  • Party exploits in recent elections: The party has dropped significantly in terms of control and power. However, it is still the second most powerful party in the country with over 12 governors still in power
  • Party Structure:
    1. (1). The Party shall be organized and administered at the following levels
      • Ward;
      • Local Government Area (LGA);
      • Senatorial District;
      • State;
      • Zonal; and
      • National
    2. For the purpose of elections, there shall be informal units for mobilization of voters, such as:
      • the State House of Assembly Constituency;
      • the Federal Constituency; and
      • the Senatorial District
    3. There shall be a Party Secretariat at all levels of the Party
    4. For the purpose of the organization and activities of the Party, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja shall be deemed to be a State.
  • Party internal mechanism: N/A
  • Social work/Impact of the party: N/A
  • Party representation in terms of women/People with Disabilities (PWDs): The PDP over the years has become more inclusive with its approach. Sarah Jubril has been contesting for the primaries of the PDP presidential elections.
  • How do I join the party:
    1. Membership of the Party shall be open to all Nigerians who are not below the age of 18 years, and who undertake to abide by the Constitution of the Party.
    2. A register of members shall be kept at the Ward level of the Party and the register shall not be removed from the Ward Secretariat.
    3. The membership register maintained at the Ward shall be authenticated by being signed by the Ward Chairman and the Ward Secretary.
    4. A prospective member shall:
      • Register at his or her Ward of origin or where he or she ordinarily resides or carries on business; and
      • Pay the prescribed registration and other fees before admission into the Party.
    5. Application for membership shall be considered by the Ward Executive Committee, which shall have the power to accept or reject any application; Provided that any rejection shall be subject to review by the next higher organ of the Party.
    6. A membership card shall be issued to a registered member of the Party, which shall bear the photograph of the member.
    7. The membership cards shall be produced by the National Headquarters and authenticated by the National Chairman and the National Secretary.