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The Great Nigeria People's Party was one of the six major political parties that fielded candidates for elections in the Nigerian Second Republic. The party was formed by a splinter group from the Nigerian People's Party, the group was led by Waziri Ibrahim, a politician and businessman from Borno. Waziri was one of the leaders of the three associations that formed the nucleus of NPP. The original intention of NPP was to transcend the politics of ethnicity and to promote the cause of both the prominent ethnic groups and ethnic minorities. However, the entry of Nnamdi Azikiwe to NPP led to a power struggle in which Waziri lost. Waziri then led a group of minorities in the north and some southerners to form the Great Nigeria Peoples Party.

Though the original intentions of leaders of the party was to surpass ethnic and sectarian politics, the party's strength nevertheless lay in the northeast, among the Kanuris and some northern minorities.


[edit] History

The party was launched in December, 1978 with Justice, Peace, Unity, Service and Progress as its motto. Waziri Ibrahim, the party's presidential candidate spoke of politics without bitterness and creating steps to stem arm robbery in the country through using methods such as building police stations within a radius of 45 km all over the country. He lamented the failure of the Nigerian first republic as a result of tribalism, nepotism, religious differences and intolerance.

He also spoke of drastically reforming the nation's judiciary and police. Another major party platform included a pledge to donate 5 million to each state of the federation for agriculture.

[edit] Elections

In the 1979 elections, the party won a total of 8 senate seats, mostly from the Northeast and about 8.4% of total votes inthe senate election. In the House of representative election, the party won about 43 seats and close to 10% of the overall votes in the election. In the presidential election, Ibrahim Waziri, the party's candidate, took home about 10% of the total votes in the election.

During the 79 election, the party fused with the Unity Party of Nigeria in Cross River state house of assembly elections.

[edit] The party in the Second Republic

During the run-up to the election, the party went into an informal alliance with the Unity Party of Nigeria, the alliance was viable in some of the states and house elections where either party was less visible. Though, the party was less critical of the Shagari presidency than the UPN, the party, nevertheless, supported an oppositional role and tried to form alliances with other southern parties and some groups in the PRP to form a progressive movement. However, the party was embroiled in an internal crisis in 1981, when some notable members of the party were publicly supporting the dominant National Party of Nigeria. The party leadership expelled most of the members but the rift and subsequent actions only widened the strains of the party.

GNPP state personalities and candidates. (1979)

  • Kola Balogun. Vice chairman
  • Nduka Eze. General secretary
  • Joe Asogwa. GNPP chairman for Anambra State in 1978, later gubernatorial candidate.
  • Muhammadu Kura, gubernatorial candidate, Bauchi, holds a title of Makama Misau
  • Mohammed Goni, governor of Borno state, 1979-1983
  • Joseph D. Esema gubernatorial candidate for Cross River state. former village school headmaster.
  • Basil Nnana Ukaegbu, gubernatorial candidate for Imo state
  • Haruna Gwamna, GNPP chairman for Kaduna state
  • Mohammed Sabiu Nuhu, gubernatorial candidate for Kaduna
  • Ahmed Kazaure, gubernatorial candidate for kano state
  • A.G.F. Rasaq Gubernatorial candidate for Kwara
  • Abdulazeez Danjuma Daudu, gubernatorial candidate for Niger state, former GNPP state chairman.
  • Patrick Odiete, gubernatorial candidate for Edo state. 1978
  • Akintunde Asalu, gubernatorial candidate for Oyo state.
  • Sidi Aminu Sarkin Shairifa. Sokoto. 1978, later Umaru, Sarkin Majori.
  • Muhammadu Anka, gubernatorial candidate for Sokoto.
  • Abubakar Barde, Adamawa governor, 1979-1983
  • Alfred Diete-Spiff, state chairman for Rivers state. 1978-79
  • M.T. Akobo, gubernatorial candidate for Rivers state.
  • Christopher Damen, gubernatorial candidate for Plateau state

[edit] References

  • Tom Forrest; Politics and Economic Development in Nigeria