- The recently deregistered 74 political parties have been advised not to drag INEC to court over their fate
- A coalition of 18 political parties advised the parties to instead work to strengthen Nigeria's democracy
- Members of the coalition include parties like Accord, KOWA PDM, ACPN, FJP, UPP among others
A coalition of 18 political parties under the auspices of Coalition of Progressive Political Parties (COP3) has urged recently deregistered political parties in the country to look beyond the deregistration, and work for a better Nigeria.
On Monday, February 17, 74 political parties were recently deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The COPS urged the parties to work together to change the nature of politics in Nigeria, away from the usual norm of seeking political office for personal gains.
The coalition gave the advice in a communique signed by its chairman, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim and issued at the end of its national caucus meeting in Abuja recently.
The group urged the parties not waste time on litigation against INEC, but strategize on how to strengthen Nigeria's democracy and politics, adding that the resources should go into the struggle to liberate the country from the bondage of bad governance at all levels.
“Politics is not just about power. It is more important about public service, empowering citizens in all facets of their lives and putting the interests of the nation above all personal, group and political considerations,” part of the communique read.
Members of the coalition include parties like Accord, KOWA PDM, ACPN, FJP, APA, Fresh, NDLP SNP, UPP and YES.
Recall that Nigeria's 18 remaining parties on Tuesday, February 11 backed the recent deregistration of the political parties by INEC.
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In a communique signed at the end of an emergency meeting by the political parties under the umbrella of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the council said the action of INEC was constitutional.
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