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Government, Political Parties

seizing power, legislative elections, Abubakar, official approval, presidential elections

Since independence, political parties have been variously banned and allowed, according to the whim of the leaders in power. Immediately upon seizing power in December 1993, the Abacha government banned Nigeria’s two government-created political parties, then allowed renewed political activity in 1995. About 70 political groups were founded, 23 applied for official approval, and 5 were approved. Abacha was nominated to represent all five of the approved parties in the presidential elections planned for 1998, which would have ensured his victory. After Abacha’s death, Abubakar allowed the free formation of political parties, and the five parties approved by Abacha disbanded voluntarily. In the 1999 legislative elections, all the seats in the National Assembly were divided between Obasanjo’s People’s Democratic Party (which won the majority of seats), the All People’s Party, and the Alliance for Democracy.



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seizing power, legislative elections, Abubakar, official approval, presidential elections, National Assembly, political groups, majority of seats, independence, victory, Democracy, Alliance, whim, leaders

 
 

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