Political parties are key actors in democratic governance as they fulfill the classic roles of recruiting candidates for political office, forming government, legislative policy agreements, and mobilizing for public support around identifiable sets of policy programs – manifestoes. Political parties, expectedly, through its numerous result-driven roles, should provide a formidable platform for consensus-building on crucial national issues. However, the state of party system in Nigeria; since the inception of fourth republic, has raised vexing questions than answers to the democratic problems of the country. The Nigerian political scene has been beleaguered with lack of civility and insufficient inter-party dialogue, discords, carpet crossing, impeachments and threats of impeachment of executives, disregard for party discipline, fractionalization within parties[1], weak political base and structure, ethnic based politics and lack of internal democracy, amongst others. All these have continued to threaten the functioning of democracy in the country. It is against this background that CDD conceptualized the NPPDS as a platform to promote internal party democracy and mainstreaming development issues plaguing the polity into election’ discourse and party programs.

[1] Omo Omoruyi (2002) ones concluded that since 1999, “the so-called parties are not in competition with one another. They are in factions; these factions are more in competition with themselves than with another party.”

Omo Omoruyi (2002) ones concluded that since 1999, “the so-called parties are not in competition with one another. They are in factions; these factions are more in competition with themselves than with another party.”.