Peoples Democratic Party
Published 23rd February, 2011
The People’s Democratic Party was founded in August 1998 from a broad range of political interest groups represented by 34 former senior political figures (known as the G34). The PDP is the dominant party in Nigeria and has been since 1999.
In the 1999 presidential election their candidate Olusegun Obasanjo took 62.78% of the vote and was elected. In the House of Representatives the PDP won 206 of the 360 seats in the House of Representatives and in the Senate they took 59 of the 109 seats.
They repeated their success in 2003 when President Obasanjo was re-elected with 61.94% of the vote. In the House of Representatives they took 223 of the 360 seats and in the Senate they took 76 of the 109 seats.
In 2007, President Obasanjo having completed his two terms stood down and his successor Umaru Yar’Adua was elected with 69.82% of the vote. In the House of Representatives the PDP took 262 of the 260 seats and 85 of the 109 Senate seats.
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died on 5th May 2010 and was replaced by his Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.