- Lauretta Onochie has explained why PDP was not among the 74 parties delisted by the INEC
- The presidential aide said that the former ruling met the requirements stipulated by the INEC
- Onochie, however, noted that the president would never do or allow any agency to do anything that is contrary to the law
A special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, has reacted to the deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Legit.ng reports that the electoral body had on the evening of Thursday, February 6, axed the political parties because of their poor outing during the 2019 general elections and the previous polls in the country.
INEC, however, retained 18 political parties which included the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 16 others, adding that they met the requirements stipulated by the law governing it.
But the deregistration of the party has generated reactions among Nigerians as to the rightness or wrongness of the action by the electoral umpire.
While some people believe that the INEC did the right thing by deregistration, others opine that the action was illegal and unconstitutional.
Reacting to a comment by a Twitter user, General Eddy, who said that a political party like the PDP, which according to him, has done more harm to Nigeria than Boko Haram, should have been delisted by the INEC, Onochie noted that the electoral umpire followed the laid down laws before deciding on the parties to be deregistered.
"In my own opinion, a political party like PDP that has done harm to Nigeria than Boko Haram they gave birth to should be should have been delisted. They are the problem of Nigeria," Eddy said.
Although she said that many Nigerians would agree with Eddy's assertion, the presidential aide was quick to add that there are laws guiding which political parties should be retained and which should be proscribed.
She said: "Many Nigerians would agree with you. But there are laws guiding which political parties should be retained and which should be proscribed."
Onochie also noted that the former ruling party survived the INEC's hammer because it met the requirements laid down by the electoral body.
She, however, noted that proscribing PDP would be a violation of law which according to her would not be acceptable under President Buhari's watch.
"The PDP met the requirements for retention. Proscribing PDP would be breaking the law and its unacceptable under President Muhammadu Buhari's watch," she said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the electoral body affirmed 18 political parties after it deregistered 74 parties that participated during the last general election.
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