The Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD)
was an opposition political party
, created and first registered in March 2006. In September 2006, in merged into the newly (2005) formed Action Congress
. The ACD was primarily composed of former People's Democratic Party
members, and was one of a series of anti-Obasanjo
coalitions, beginning with the Movement for the Defence of Democracy
in 2005, and followed by the AC in 2006/2007. It maintained a small independent organization after the 2007 elections, while its leaders have merged into the AC.
The party was formed by opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo
to seek a third term in office, and had its base of support in the south west of Nigeria.
The then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar
, a northerner who opposed a third term for Obasanjo, was believed to back the new party from its inception.
The ACD was largely made up of disgruntled PDP members who felt they had lost power and patronage to the President's supporters. Attempts by the President's supporters to amend the constitutional two term limit, allowing President Obasanjo to continue in office for a further four years, led to a rupture of the underlying tension within the party.
Three of the founders of the ACD, Alhaji Lawal Kaita
, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu and Audu Ogbeh
, are former PDP politicians, and have complained of... Read More