How To Join A Political Party In Nigeria

How To Join A Political Party In Nigeria
Many Nigerian youths (and adults) are passionate about contributing to the development of the country and one of the easiest ways of doing this is by being active in politics.
There are more than 90 political parties in Nigeria with the most popular being the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) which is the ruling party.

Other popular parties in Nigeria and their acronyms include:

• Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)
• Accord (A)
• Action Alliance (AA)
• Action Democratic Party (ADP)
• Action Peoples Party (APP)
• Advanced Allied Party (AAP)
• Advanced Congress Of Democrats (ACD)
• Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP)
• Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance  (APDA)
• African Action Congress (AAC)
• African Democratic Congress (ADC)
• African Peoples Alliance (APA)
• All Blending Party (ABP)
• All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP)
• All Grassroots Alliance (AGA)
• All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA
• Alliance for a United Nigeria (AUN)
• Alliance For Democracy (AD)
• Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
• Alliance National Party (ANP)
• Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD)
• Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
• Allied Peoples Movement (APM)
• Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN)
• Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)
• Change Nigeria Party (CNP)
• Coalition for Change (C4C)
• Congress of Patriots (COP)
• Democratic Alternative (DA)
• Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC)
• Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)
• Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)
• Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH)
• Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN)
• Green Party of Nigeria (GPN)
• Hope Democratic Party (HDP)
• Independent Democrats (ID)
• Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP)
• Kowa Party (KP)
• Labour Party (LP)
• Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN)
• Liberation Movement (LM)
• Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA)
• Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN)
• Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN)
• Modern Democratic Party (MDP)
• Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD)
• National Action Council (NAC)
• National Conscience Party (NCP)
• National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)
• National Interest Party (NIP)
• National Rescue Movement (NRM)
• National Unity Party (NUP)
• New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP)
• New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)
• New Progressive Movement (NPM)
• Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP)
• Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP)
• Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP)
• Nigeria for Democracy (NFD)
• Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC)
• People For Democratic Change (PDC)
• Peoples Coalition Party (PCP)
• Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM)
• Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)
• Peoples Progressive Party (PPP)
• Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
• People’s Trust (PT)
• Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)
• Providence People’s Congress (PPC)
• Re-build Nigeria Party (RBNP)
• Reform and Advancement Party (RAP)
• Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP)
• Save Nigeria Congress (S.N.C)
• Social Democratic Party (SDP)
• Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN)
• Sustainable National Party (SNP)
• United Democratic Party (UDP)
• United Patriots (UP)
• United Peoples Congress (U.P.C)
• United Progressive Party (UPP)
• Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)
• We The People Nigeria (WTPN)
• Yes Electorates Solidarity (YES)
• Young Democratic Party (YDP)
• Young Progressive Party (YPP)
• Youth Party (YP)
• Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)

How To Join A Political Party In Nigeria

Joining a political party is a big step towards making your voice heard. Looking at the list above you'd see that there are more than 90 political parties in Nigeria and your choice should depend on what you want to achieve.
Some of the parties are popular in all Nigerian states while others can be seen in just a few states. Before getting a registration form, understand the strength of the party and also be conscious of the fact that you won't be going in there to relax.
Joining a party means that you agree to follow their regulations which include attending their meetings and events (including rallies), joining in their weekly or monthly contributing and also supporting only your party's candidates. 
Failure to keep to these rules can lead to a permanent ban from the party or suspension, depending on the gratitude of the offence.

Eligibility For Being A Member Of Any Political Party

The things I'd be writing down were gotten from the official website of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), but I believe the case shouldn't be different in other Nigerian political parties.
• You must be at least 18 years as at the time of filling the registration form
• 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.
• A membership register maintained at the ward must be signed by the ward chairman and the secretary.
• You should register in your ward of origin or where you carry out your business and also pay the prescribed registration and other fees before admission into the party

Guide On How To Join A Political Party In Nigeria

To join any Nigerian political party, you will have to:
Verify your age: I've written this before but they always say that repetition is for emphasis. If you're not up to 18 but passionate about helping your country, you can opt for other groups like UncommonMe that are fighting for a change in Nigeria.
Choose a political party: Choose a political party that fits your ethics and beliefs. Each political party is unique, take out time to research on their objectives as it'll aid you in making a better decision.
Join through your local ward: When you've done with choosing a political party, you can then proceed to join the party of your choice. You'd have to join through your local ward by getting your registration form. You can find the ward office by asking around or visiting the party's official website.
• Meet your ward secretary and find out how much it costs to join the party. There is the regular registration fee, but you might also be required to pay other fees as a new or existing member.
• After registering and paying the necessary fees, you'd then have to wait for the Ward chairperson and secretary to sign the necessary documents, after which you'd be issued your membership card that has your photograph on it. Your information will also be kept in the Ward Secretariat. 
• Kudos! You've been admitted to the party. Don't forget to read their constitution as it contains rules and regulations that will keep you from being suspended or even permanently banned from the party.

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