- Some of the political parties deregistered by INEC have faulted the action of the electoral body, describing it as unconstitutional
- INEC had said the parties were deregistered after failing to win at least one political seat in the 2019 general elections
- Some of the parties have, however, vowed to drag the electoral body to court over the development
Some of the political parties which were deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) on Thursday, February 7, have condemned the electoral body's action.
INEC had said the parties were deregistered due to their failure to win at least one political seat in the 2019 general elections.
The electoral body axed 74 parties, including the Alliance For Democracy (AD), Fresh Democratic Party (ADP), and others.
Reacting to the development, Okey Chikwendum, said the electoral body's action is against the constitution, Premium Times reports.
Chikwendum also described the INEC's action as “an evidence of misplaced priority”.
He said his party and others have already dragged INEC to court on the issue and the court will soon rule on the matter.
In his own reaction, Chizoba Onu, the vice-chairman of the southeast chapter of Fresh Democratic Party (FDP), said she is not surprised.
Onu said Nigeria is not practising democracy as it is being done in other parts of the world.
According to her, INEC had earlier been prevented from deregistering political parties. She also faulted the yardstick of not winning any political seat used by INEC to axe the parties, arguing that the electoral process is not credible.
The news of the deregistration came as a shock to the national secretary of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Fasogbon Akinboye.
Akinboye claimed that INEC does not have a genuine reason to arrive at such a decision, vowing that the decision will be contested in court.
The All Blending Party (ABP)'s national secretary, George Moses, also vowed that his party will drag INEC to court over the matter.
Legit.ng has provided the list of the 18 political parties affirmed by the electoral body after it deregistered 74 parties that participated during the last general election.
Meanwhile, an election observer group, the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended the electoral body's decision to deregister 74 political parties.
Before now, Nigerian had 92 political parties and there have been calls for the electoral body to send some of them packing.
CTA, a major stakeholder in the polity, described INEC's decision as a bold move that will bring further reforms to Nigeria's electoral process.
Also, INEC has fixed the dates for the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, in a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, February 6, disclosed that the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, while that of Ondo state will hold October 10.
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