A Court of Appeal in Abuja has reversed deregistration of 22 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), All Blending Party (ABP), All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Change Advocacy Party (CAP), Democratic People’s Congress (DPC), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN) and Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
Others are: New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGPA), Nigeria For Democracy (NFD), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Young Democratic Party (YDP), Re-Build Nigeria Party (RBNP), Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), United Democratic Party (UDP), United Patriots (UP) and We The People of Nigeria (WTPN).
Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem who presided over the appeal filed by the 22 political parties who are among the 74 political parties de-registered in February 2020, said that INEC ignored due process in exercising its powers under Section 225(a) of the Constitution (as amended).
It will will be recalled the INEC deregistered 74 parties in the country in February for failing to meet the necessary requirement in the last general election.
In the meantime, INEC has vowed to appeal the yesterday court verdict and it assure that the agency decision is constitutionally followed.
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