- Court of Appeal has upheld the deregistration of Hope Democratic Party
- INEC’s power to deregister political parties was once again reaffirmed
- It would be recalled that on February 2020, the electoral umpire deregistered 74 political parties
- Some of the parties decided to challenge the electoral commission in court
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by Hope Democratic Party (HDP) challenging the judgment of a Federal High Court which upheld the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister the party.
Leadership reports that Justices Bitrus Sanga, Lokulo Sodipe and Oniyangi in a unanimous decision adopted its judgment in National Unity Party (NUP) which is on fours with the case put forward by the HDP.
Legit.ng gathered that the latest judgment has once again reaffirmed for a second time the INEC’s power to deregister the 74 parties.
The judgment reinforces the INEC's position on the deregistration of the 74 parties and their decision to appeal the conflicting judgments from the same appeal court in favour of 22 of the deregistered parties.
Recall that INEC had vowed to approach the Supreme Court over conflicting verdicts of two courts of appeal over the deregistration of some political parties.
The move became necessary following an appeal court verdict mandating the commission to reinstate parties it previously deregistered.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme Court on Monday, August 31, confirmed Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship election in Kogi state.
It was reported that the apex court in a seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko, dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Musa Wada.
The court upheld the concurrent decisions of the trial tribunal and the Court of Appeal that the petitioners failed to prove their claim that Bello was not lawfully returned by the INEC as the winner of the election held on November 16, 2019.
The Supreme Court dismissed the request by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate in the last governorship election in Kogi state, Natasha Akpoti for the nullification of the election of Governor Bello.
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