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|Democratic Socialist Movement|
|General Secretary||Segun Sango|
|International affiliation||Committee for a Workers' International|
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) is a Trotskyist political party in Nigeria. It is affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International. The party publishes the bi-monthly newspaper, Socialist Democracy.
The section was first founded in 1986 at a conference of labour and student socialist activists, although due to the military dictatorship at the time, the DSM as an open organisation was only launched in July 1998. Prior to this the section was identified mainly by the name of its newspaper, Labour Militant (1987–1994) and Militant (1994–1998).
The basic unit of DSM is the local branch. The highest policy making body is the National Congress which meets annually. The next in rank is a National Committee comprising representatives of branches and which meets at least three times a year. A National Executive Committee, elected by the National Congress, directs the day-to-day work of the organisation.
During the first 13 years of the section's existence they were heavily involved in fighting against the dictatorship in Nigeria at that time. Since then they have continued to fight for full democratic rights, but also for the rights of workers. This campaigning has led to the arrest several times of leading DSM activists. More recently, the DSM played a leading role in the general strike of June 2007 against high fuel prices 
NCP, Elections and a Mass Working People's Party
Although currently part of the National Conscience Party (NCP), the DSM has argued since the 1980s for the formation of a Mass Working People's Party. They argue that such a party should be wholly opposed to neo-liberalism and privatisation. The DSM participated in the briefly lived Nigerian Labour Party in 1989, and participated in the founding by Gani Fawehinmi of the National Conscience Party in 1994. In the 2003 elections, the DSM stood as candidates for the NCP and achieved some of the party's highest votes. However, in 2007 DSM members democratically elected at a State wide NCP conference were bureaucratically replaced as NCP candidates in Lagos State by the current NCP leadership, leading local NCP members withdrew their candidates from the elections. Since then, Lagos State NCP has quit the National Conscience Party and set up the Campaign for the Formation of a Genuine Mass Working Peoples' Party.
As well as regularly producing a paper, the DSM has produced several pamphlets.
Nigeria's Crisis: Time For System Change (2004)
Nigeria: Civil rule in danger (August 2002)
A Season of Struggles (September 2000)
Legacy of Leon Trotsky (2000)
Nigeria's Crisis: Breaking The Vicious Circle (1996)
The Abacha Junta (1995)
Programme and Perspectives for the Nigerian Revolution (1987)
- About Us - DSM
- Arrest of Ayodele Akele
- Arrests of Oluremi Kehinde and Alexander Amaujor
- General Strike Brings Country To A Standstill
- Leftists Reject Neo-liberal Policies
- Lagos NCP Withdraws Election Candidates
- Lagos Chapter Quits NCP - retrieved 14/08/07
- A Socialist World is Possible: the History of the CWI Postscript - Building the cwi (1998-2004)