Nigerian National Democratic Party

Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP)

The Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP) was formed in 1923 under the leadership of Sir Herbert Macaulay, popularly referred to as the father of Nigerian nationalism. This party won all the three seats in Lagos into the legislative council in the election of 1923, 1928, and 1933. It also won the election into the Lagos town council when the elective principle was introduced.

The Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP) also founded Lagos Daily News. This was an arm of the party which helped to encourage political activities, especially in Lagos. The party was mainly based in Lagos and did not have a national outlook. The financing of the party was done by party members.

However, the political history of Lagos in the 20s and 30s was essentially the history of Herbert Macaulay’s political activities. He always identified himself with the people.


  • To elect members into the Lagos Legislative Council.
  • To upgrade Lagos to a full municipal status.
  • To encourage compulsory education to the natives.
  • To fight for and obtain independence for the country.


  • Won all three seats to the Lagos Legislative Council in the elections of 1923, 1928, and 1933.
  • Provided a platform for testing true representatives.
  • Fostered political consciousness.
  • Contributed in the fight for independence.

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