National Party of Nigeria

National Party of Nigeria
Nigerian flag

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of

Nigeria Portal ·  Politics Portal
Other countries view · talk · edit

The National Party of Nigeria (NPN) was the dominant political party in Nigeria during the Second Republic (1979-1983).



The party's beginning could be traced to private and sometimes secret meetings among key Northern Nigerian leaders after the proscription of political parties in 1966 by the military regimes of Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon. A few members of the proscribed parties based in the Northern section of Nigeria began to organize to form a northern party to prepare for a return to democracy, the group also approached southern Nigerians about the prospect of a truly national party. A constitutional assembly organized in 1977 to prepare a constitution for a new democratic government, proved to the best avenue for members of the burgeoning group to meet and discuss plans for their regions and nation. On September 20, 1978, the National Party of Nigeria was formed, comprising members of the constituent assembly and headed by Makaman Bida, an old NPC member. A month later the party adopted zoning to elect party officials. The party then adopted a new chairman, Augustus Akinloye, a Yoruba man, paving the way for the presidential candidate to go to the core base of the party: the Hausa-Fulani states.

Elections The NPN presented candidates for two major elections, the 1979 elections and the 1983 elections. The party won 36 Senate seats out of 95 Senate seats and 168 seats out of 449 seats of the House of Representatives. On August 16, 1979, the party's candidate for presidential election was declared the winner of what became a disputed election. The party entered into a shaky alliance with the Nigerian Peoples Party to earn majority votes in the National Assembly, the alliance later hit the rocks in 1981. To gain support among Igbo people, the party allowed the return of Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Biafra leader.


  • "AROUND THE WORLD National Party takes lead", The Globe and Mail (Canada), July 20, 1979
  • Shehu Shagari, Beckoned to Serve: An Autobiography, Heinemann Educational Books,

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • National Assembly of Nigeria — Type Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives Leadership …   Wikipedia

  • National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons — (NCNC), was a Nigerian political party from 1944 to 1966. The name included Cameroons because Cameroon had become an administrative part of Nigeria in 1945. Cameroon had been a colonial territory of Germany. Following the defeat of Germany and… …   Wikipedia

  • Communist Party of Nigeria — Nigeria This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Nigeria Constitution President (List) …   Wikipedia

  • Unity Party of Nigeria — The Unity Party of Nigeria was a Nigerian political party that was dominant in western Nigeria during the second republic. The party revolved around the political leadership of Obafemi Awolowo, a sometimes polemical but effective administrator.… …   Wikipedia

  • British National Party — For other uses, see British National Party (disambiguation). British National Party …   Wikipedia

  • Convention People's Party of Nigeria and the Cameroons — The Convention People s Party of Nigeria and the Cameroons was a political party in Nigeria. Habib Raji Abdallah was the president of the party, and Osita C. Agwuna was the general secretary.[1] The party emerged out of the People s Revolutionary …   Wikipedia

  • NIGERIA — La Fédération nigériane a survécu au double choc de la décolonisation et d’une guerre civile particulièrement meurtrière. C’est l’un des rares États africains dont les frontières délimitent un espace porteur de substantielles potentialités de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nigeria — Nigerian, adj., n. /nuy jear ee euh/, n. a republic in W Africa: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British colony and protectorate. 107,129,469; 356,669 sq. mi. (923,773 sq. km). Cap.: Abuja. Official name, Federal Republic of… …   Universalium

  • Nigeria — Bundesrepublik Nigeria * * * Ni|ge|ria; s: Staat in Westafrika. * * * Nigeria,     Kurzinformation:   Fläche: 923 768 km2   Einwohner: (2000) 123,3 Mio.   Hauptstadt: Abuja   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • National Democratic Party (Nigeria) — Nigeria This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Nigeria Constitution President (List) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”