Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) – Formation, Achievements, Problems, Aims and Objectives
Nigerian National Alliance (NNA)
The Nigerian National Alliance was not a political party in the true sense of the term. It was rather a rally or coalition of several parties formed to contest the 1964 federal elections.
The parties in the alliance included the NPC, NNDP, the Mid-West Democratic Front, the Niger Delta Congress, the Dynamic Party led by Dr. Chike Obi and the Lagos State United-Front. Sir Ahmadu Bello, the leader of the NPC and Premier of Northern Nigeria was the leader of NNA.
Aims & Objectives of the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA)
The Nigerian National Alliance, NNA was formed to promote national unity through the representation of all ethnic groups in the government at the federal level, particularly through the creation of job opportunities. But more specifically the NNA was established as a vanguard party of conservative elements in the Nigerian society to contest the 1964 federal elections.
Successes & Achievements of the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA)
The party won the 1964 federal elections and formed the government at the federal level. Of the 312 seats in the House of Representatives – the NNA won 198 seats (NPC had 162 and NNDP had 32). So it was easy for the NNA to form the Federal Government in 1964.
Problems of the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA)
The federal government formed by the party in 1964 was weak and could not take decisive political action to stop the carnage in the Western Region in 1965, and the bloody military coup of January 1966.