- The APC has commended INEC for de-resgistering some political parties in the country
- The ruling party urged the electoral body to de-register more parties until the country has just a maximum of six political parties
- The call was made by the chairman of the APC in Ebonyi state, Nwachukwu Eze
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register more political parties.
The ruling party explained that such move will sanitise Nigeria’s electoral system.
Nwachukwu Eze, the chairman of Ebonyi chapter of APC made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abakaliki.
Eze said that the de-registration process should continue until the country has a maximum of six political parties.
“We applaud INEC for doing the needful as such de-registration had been overdue.
“We had a situation where few individuals or family members put-up papers and register with INEC but do not exist in states or anywhere in the country," he said.
The chairman said that such de-registration would sanitise the electoral process, especially by eliminating complexities recorded during voting.
He urged INEC not to be distracted by complaints about the de-registration, advising it to ‘shut its ears’.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that, following their bad outing in the 2019 general election, INEC deregistered 74 political parties.
According to the electoral umpire, 18 political parties survived the deregistration process.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have also reacted reacted to the deregistration of the political parties.
Some residents of Awka, the Anambra capital, expressed delight over the measure, while others expressed dissatisfaction over the development.
Emma Iloegbunam, a former member of the House of Assembly in the state, said that the measure was ripe and due in order to bring sanity in the nation’s polity.
Also, a special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, reacted reacted to the deregistration.
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.
However, some of the political parties which were deregistered by INEC on Thursday, February 7, have condemned the electoral body's action.
Reacting to the development, Okey Chikwendum, said the electoral body's action is against the constitution.
Chikwendum also described the INEC's action as “an evidence of misplaced priority”.
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