As a Nigerian, you are entitled to join any political party of your choice. This right is guaranteed in section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution. Before you can hold a political office in Nigeria, you must be a member of a registered ⭐️political party in Nigeria⭐️. Only Nigerians of at least the age of 18 can join or be recognized as a political party member by the Nigerian constitution. A political party is a group of individuals with an ideology on how a government should be run.
Nigerian Political Parties
There are several registered political parties in Nigeria. The two most popular are PDP and APC. This is because they have the best political structure to win elections in Nigeria. In other to have a say in a political party, you must be a member of that political party. Politicians who win election make their decision by following their political party ideology and philosophy.
How To Join A Political Party In Nigeria
The following are the requirements and steps you need to follow to join a Political Party in Nigeria.
Be A Nigerian That Is At Least 18 Years Of Age
You must be a Nigerian before you can be involved in Nigerian politics. The first step required of you to be a registered member of any political party in Nigeria is to be at least 18 years of age. 18 is the minimum age for voting and only voters can vote in elections in Nigeria at their polling unit during elections.
Choose Your Political Party
While there are over 90 registered political parties in Nigeria, you can only be a member of one at any particular time. You need to do your homework before joining a political party. Ideally, you join a political party that you believe in their values and ideology. While there are two major political parties in Nigeria, other political parties have won several elections including winning the gubernatorial election and producing a senator. Whichever political party you join, make sure you can contribute there.
Make Enquires Of The Party
You might need to make enquiries of how to join the political party of your choice by visiting their headquarters. You can visit the party website and get the details of the nearest ward to you or the nearest party headquarters to you. This is because you need to be a member of the party at the ward level first. You can also make your enquiries by calling the number on their website or emailing them. It is always best to visit the party ward members in person or at their headquarters before joining the party. Now that you have chosen a political party of your choice, you would need to take it a step further. You would need to visit the headquarters of the political parties. On the official website of the afore chosen political party, you would see the location of the local ward of the party. You should see the contacts and addresses of the wards of the party across the country.
Register With The Party
You will need to register by filling some forms of the political party after you are convinced of joining them. This is why you need to first make your own enquiries about them. You will have to pay some amount before joining the political party. All this information can be made available to you when you visit the intending political party secretary of your ward that you wish to join. You may also need to backup your registration with some documents. After registering by filling of some forms, you will need to wait for some period usually days or a few weeks before your application is processed and granted. If your application is rejected, you can ask them the reason why to make amends or try finding a new political party.
Get Your Membership Card
The only way you can be verified to be a member of a political party is to get your membership card.Aft registration, your application documents have to be signed by the ward’s chairman and secretary of the political party you are joining. Thereafter, you will get your membership card.
Participate In Party Activities
You need to fulfill your political obligations by doing what is required of you in the political party constitution. Such obligation do vary among political parties in Nigeria and will include paying your dues and attending ward meeting of your political party.
How To Succeed As A Member Of A Political Party
Be Involved In Your Political Party Ward Activities
This is very crucial for your political party. You need to attend ward meetings to be able to understand how the political party plans to win people to their side. You may also need to contribute in kind or cash to help the political party to succeed.
Get In Touch With Like Minds In The Party
Decisions are taken based on majority. You need to be able to relate well with every member of the party and also need to have like-minded individuals who believe in your ideas and method to help push your ideas.
Have Good Relationship With Your Party Leaders
Whatever position you may be in a political party, you need to know that you must be in good terms with your party leaders especially at the ward level. This is because if they are not in support of your ambitions and goals you will find it difficult to succeed in that political party.
Volunteer To Help The Political Party
The party do need volunteers especially when they are campaigning. It is during this time they can separate the men from the boys in the political party. Volunteering helps the party to succeed and when the party succeed, they reward their hard-working volunteers in any legitimate ways including the selection of political appointees.
Build A Good Name And Character
A good name and character is important. This is because only those with these characteristics are presentable to the voters to vote for an election. Those with a bad name or character do find it more difficult to win an election. People with skeletons in their cupboards are not always trusted to lead in any capacity.