Last modified: 2007-06-09 by phil nelson
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The AD which was formed on the 9th of September, 1998 as an umbrella body of 18 southern Nigeria-based organisations under the auspices of the Southern Leaders Forum (SLF) and two essentially Northern Nigerian based political structures – the United Democratic Congress (UDC) and the United Party for National Salvation (UPNS), has been since its formation flaunting pro-democracy and civil society credentials and its affinity with the broad democratic, civil and national struggles of ordinary Nigerians has positioned the party as a National Democratic Movement.
The AD was formed essentially on the ideology and principles of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba social political and economic organisation, which in conjunction with NADECO a militant pro-democracy group, fought the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Sanni Abacha to a standstill and ensured the enthronement of democracy in the country. Even though AD won two senatorial seats in the South-East and South-South, two houses of Representative seats in the two zones; six council chairmanship seats in the two zones members of state House of Assemblies in Ebonyi, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Yobe and Gombe states and over hundred councillorship seats in the five zones outside the South-West, the party was and is still being essentially seen as a regional political outfit on the strength of its massive showing in the South-West.