- The CUPP has called on INEC not to appeal the court judgement that nullified the de-registration of some political parties
- According to the party, INEC should comply with the court order asking it to re-list the affected political parties
- The party also wants the National Assembly to include the INEC in its ongoing investigations of government ministries and agencies
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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has told the Independent National Electoral Commission not to appeal the court judgement that nullified the de-registration of some political parties.
The Sun reports that the coalition asked INEC to obey the court judgment that ordered the electoral body to re-list the deregistered 23 political parties.
Legit.ng gathers that the CUPP made this known in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, by Olusegun Peters who is the party's chairman of contact and mobilization.
Peters also called on the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to comply with the order of the court by immediately re-listing the affected political parties in the interest of the country and sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
A five-man panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, had in a unanimous judgment, voided the deregistration of the parties.
‘The era of impunity in Nigeria’s political system is gone. As a responsible government agency, if INEC wants to appeal, it should first obey the judgment of the court of competent jurisdiction. This is the essence of the rule of law and social justice as provided in the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. Anything short of that is justice juxtaposed and unacceptable," the CUPP statement reads.
CUPP asked the National Assembly to include the INEC in its ongoing investigations of government ministries and agencies.
"INEC should account to Nigerians how it spent billions of naira allotted to it to conduct the contentious 2019 general election.
"It is evident that the commission has been reckless in spending huge funds on unnecessary appeals instead of obeying court judgments," the CUPP further alleged.
Meanwhile, INEC has vowed to approach the Supreme Court over conflicting verdicts of two courts of appeal over the deregistration of some political parties.
It would be recalled that on February 2020, the electoral umpire deregistered 74 political parties out of the 92 in the data of the commission.
INEC said the parties were deregistered due to their failure to win at least one political seat in the 2019 general elections.
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