Political parties formed government in their
various regions under the 1951 constitution. This
formed the basis for self government in 1957 and 1959 and
eventually independence in 1960.
Political parties provided the leadership for
constitutional development i.e. their members spearheaded
agitation for constitutional reforms e.g. 1946 Richards
constitution in Nigeria was criticised for Sack of
consultation. This was subsequently corrected in the 1951
Parties initiated popular opposition against
colonial government e.g. the Richards constitution of
1946 was described by party leaders as containing
obnoxious laws and these were removed in the 1951
They provided political education through
rallies and news papers owned by their leaders.
The political parties provided leaders who
attended constitutional conferences for the attainment
of political independence e.g. the Ibadan conference of
1951 and the
London conference of 1953 and 1957 Generally,
parties manifestos helps the government of a
country in formulating its policies.
It helps in passing information on government
policies to members of the public.
It helps to appoint leaders and personnel to
the legislative council.