The two most strongest political parties in Nigeria as at today, are APC and PDP. And their strength is traceable to the calibre of capacities that exists in their party. However, it might be rare for anyone who is conversant with Nigerian politics, to say that he or she is not aware of the existence of the duo, as they have successfully stand out amidst many other political parties that exists in Nigeria. Permit me to take you down memorially to the year 1999, which happens to be the year in which Nigeria became a democratic nation. And it also marked the year in which Olusegun Obasanjo became the President of Nigeria. And as at then, Olusegun Obasanjo happens to be a member of PDP. He served for his first term in the presidential office from the year 1999 to the year 2003. Moreso, he re-contested during 2003 election, and he won again. His victory gave him the opportunity to serve for another 4 years in the presidential office.
Meanwhile, Olusegun Obasanjo served for his second tenure from the year 2003 to the year 2007. And that time marked the expiration of his tenure, because the Nigerian constitution only permits 8 years in total as the years of service for the President. The next election came up in the year 2007, and it was Umaru Musa Yar'Adua who won the election. He also happens to be a member of PDP, which happens to be the same party as that of Olusegun Obasanjo. But as situation has it, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua only served for 2 years in the presidential office, as he died during his service. And his death made his Vice, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to be sworn in as the Nigerian president, and also to complete his tenure in the presidential office.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan completed the tenure in the year 2011, and he re-contested during 2011 election in the country. Then by virtue of his established capacity, he won the election. His victory made him to serve for another 4 years in the presidential office, as he served from the year 2011 to the year 2015. Moreso, he re-contested during 2015 election so as to enable him to serve for another 4 years in office, but he lost the position to another candidate. However, history has it that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan happens to be a member of PDP also, and the end of his tenure marked the end of PDP in holding the leadership position of the country, as it was the year 2015 that power was taken from them.
Muhammadu Buhari was the one that was used by APC to take power from PDP who ruled from the year 1999 to the year 2015. And as at today, APC happens to be the ruling party in the country. Their candidate which happens to be Muhammadu Buhari served for his first tenure in office from the year 2015 to the year 2019. He also re-contested during 2019 election, and he won again. His victory gave him the opportunity to serve for another 4 years. And as at today, he presently serves as the Nigerian president, but his tenure is expected to expire in the year 2023, which will mark 8 years that APC had been in power.
And with the situation of things, there are no certainties that APC will rule for 16 years just like PDP did. As they might only rule for 8 years. And you will agree with me that 2023 election will be a very tough one, as it will involve drag in power muscle among the political parties. And we should not be surprised if a new party comes into surface to take victory, and render both APC and PDP incapacitated. But whichever way, we all awaits what 2023 election has in stock.
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