As a Nigerian, facing the current hardship in the country, you may be wondering what steps you can take to make a change.
Well, there is only one way to make that change.
This change cannot be achieved by simply seating in the corner to criticise politicians or roaming the streets with placards in the name of protest.
There are steps to take. One of such steps includes, becoming a registered party member.
At this point, you may be wondering how to begin, well, just relax, after reading this article to the end, you will be well equipped and prepared for the task ahead.
Permit me to say that enrolling to become a member of a political party is one of the easiest indulgences ever.
As a Nigerian, you are definitely entitled to being a member of any political party of your choice.
This fundamental right is guaranteed in section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution.
According to Nigerian Law, anyone who wants a position in any political office has to be a member of a political party.
For a start, a political party is a group of individuals with very similar views and ideology on how a government should be run.
Nigerian Political parties
There are 91 registered political parties in Nigeria.
This is according to information from the official website of INEC (Independent Electoral Commission ).
Amongst all these parties, the most popular is the PDP and the APC parties.
In other to have a say in the founding or reviewing of political ideology, you have to be a member of a political party.
A lot of people point fingers from a distance, and sometimes, go as far as criticizing a regime or a politician in office.
Truth is, majority of these politicians have their decision making pivoted round about the ideology and philosophy of their political parties.
So to make things happen, you can’t keep pointing fingers all the time, step in and join a political party!
It is really not enough to just turn up on the day of election and vote. There is more to patriotism than that.
A lot of Nigerians see joining a political party as cumbersome.
However, here are simple steps on how to join and become a member of any political party in Nigeria.
Steps & Requirements to Join a Political Party in Nigeria (2023)
Here is how to become a member of any political party in Nigeria today:
Step 1: You must be 18 years and above
The first step is to ensure that you are of age before joining a political party in Nigeria. You have to be at least 18 years and must be a citizen of Nigeria.
Step 2: Select political party of choice
Choosing a Party to join may sometimes prove difficult. There are over 91 registered parties in Nigeria.
So, therefore, take your time to do some homework and find a party that suits your ideology and ethics.
Note that there are two very popular parties in Nigeria. We are talking about the APC and the PDP.
However, you must not allow sentiment to influence your party decision making. Join a party that suits your personality.
Step 3: Visit ward or headquarters of political party
Now that you have finally made up your mind on which party to join, the next step is to visit the headquarters of the political party.
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.
Step 4: Fill forms and register
Everything that has value on earth has a price. At this point you need to visit the secretary of your ward, and find out how much it costs to join the political party.
Fill whatever form is handed over to you bring alone supporting documents that might be required, and wait until you are registered.
Registration procedures for most political parties might take days or even weeks, so, a little patience might be required.
Step 5: Collect membership card
After your registration, your documents have been signed by the chairman of the ward and also by its secretary; you would receive a membership card.
Step 6: Fulfill your obligation to the party
Congrats! You are now a fully-fledged member of that Nigerian political party. You see? the procedure is very simple.
Let me remind you that some parties can decide to reject your application.
In the case of this eventuality, find a different political party with similar ideology and philosophy that would accept you.
As a member of your political party, there are obligations that you owe to the party.
These obligations could vary from party to party, but there are some generic obligations.
Paying dues and attending Ward gatherings are part of your obligation.
Now that you have become a registered party member, you are very close to bringing the change you desire.
This is because you can now contest for political offices to effect these changes.