INEC: THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT HAS AFFIRMED THE DEREGISTRATION OF 32 POLITICAL PARTIES.
Report from the Federal High Court Abuja, in a judgment delivered by Justice Anwuli Chikere dismissed the suit filed by the parties against the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister them.
The court held that the commission rightly deregistered the parties in line with the provision of section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The political parties were among the 74 that were deregistered by the INEC on February 6, 2020, on the grounds of poor performance at the 2019 general elections.
The parties had filed their suit last year to restrain INEC from carrying out the exercise when they got wind of the commission’s plan.
The judge had earlier on February 17, this year, issued an order restraining INEC from acting on the notice deregistering the 32 political parties, pending the determination of the suit.
But with the Thursday’s judgment by the court, the said order is now discharged by validating the commission’s earlier action.
Some of the affected 32 political parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), All Blending Party (ABP), All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic People’s Congress (DPC), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Green Party of Nigeria (GPN).
Daily Watch Press is not aware of any move by the deregistered parties to appeal the said Judgment at the time of filling this report.