PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Peoples Democratic party was founded in 1998 by Dr Alex Ekweme, other founding members include; Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Sunday Awoniyi, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Solomon Lar etc. PDP dominated the political activities of Nigeria for 17 years. In 1999, the party contested for the presidential election and won with Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate and vice president respectively. In 2003, the party also won the presidential election with Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar both retaining their position. In 2007, Umaru Musa YarAdua was the presidential candidate of PDP with Goodluck Jonathan as his running mate, PDP won the election. Unfortunately Umaru Musa YarAdua died in office on May 5, 2010, the vice president (Goodluck Jonathan) continue to carry out executive functions until 2012 when he was made the presidential candidate for PDP with Namadi Sambo as his running mate, the party won the election. In 2015 presidential election, the party experience it first defeat to Action Congress (APC).
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF PDP
1. To improve political morality and integrity 2. To promote unity 3. To encourage the federal system of government 4. To promote democracy 5. To develop the country 6. To promote equality 7. To diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil
ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF PDP
1. PDP controls and dominate the political activities of Nigeria for 17 years 2. The party promoted political consciousness 3. PDP promoted unity and reduce inequality 4. The party reduce the possibility of military incursion into Nigerian politics 5. The party was credited for reducing regional crises 6. PDP was the most popular party in Nigeria 7. The party implemented successfully the federal character principle and zoning formula in sharing of political power 8. Effort were made to recover looted public money 9. The party also established institutions to fight corruption e.g The Independent Corrupt Practices of Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)