- 32 political parties in Nigeria have been rendered non-existent
- This came after INEC, acting on the provision of the Nigerian constitution, deregistered the parties
- This move by the commission was on Thursday, June 11, upheld by a Federal High Court in Abuja
The deregistration of some political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Thursday, June 11, upheld by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The court affirmed INEC's earlier decision in a ruling delivered by Justice Anwuli Chikere who dismissed the suit filed by the parties that challenged the powers of the commission to deregister them.
Justice Chikere ruled that the electoral body rightly acted based on the provision of section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution.
Some of the political parties that suffered this fate are given below:
1. Advanced Congress of Democrats
2. Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party
3. All Blending Party
4. All Grand Alliance Party
5. Better Nigeria Progressive Party
6. Democratic People’s Congress
7. Freedom and Justice Party
8. Green Party of Nigeria
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a court in Abuja on Friday, June 5, dashed the hope of the 74 political parties deregistered by INEC to regain their registration.
The court in its ruling declared that INEC acted within the ambit of the law in deregistration of the parties.
This came a couple of days after the same court affirmed INEC powers to deregister parties and upheld that the deregistration of the National Unity Party was lawfully done.
In a separate ruling on another petition filed by Hope Democratic Party, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo again ruled in favour of the INEC. In his earlier ruling, Justice Taiwo held that the deregistration of the political parties was lawfully done in exercise of vested constitutional powers of the INEC.
The court also held that the party failed to show that the exercise of its powers to be deregistered. Hence the court came to the conclusion that the party failed to prove its case and the issues for determination cannot be determined in its favour and the reliefs it sought could not be granted to it.
By this judgment, only 18 political parties will be participating in the Edo and Ondo state governorship elections.
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