INEC Deregistered 74 Political Parties
On Thursday, 6th February 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission deregistered 74 political parties in Nigeria, on the grounds that the political parties could not meet the requirements set by the electoral body for registration.
The chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who made this known during a conference held at Abuja also provided the list of 18 political parties that made the list of registered political parties in Nigeria.
However, the deregistered parties have shown their grievances over the new development and vowed to drag the electoral body before court of law to seek redress and justice.
Among the deregistered political parties are the National Conscience Party founded by the late Human Rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, United People’s Party and Kowa party.
Others are Fresh Democratic Party founded by Pastor Chris Okotie; People’s Trust party which fielded Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim as its presidential candidate in the last general elections; The Advanced Allied Party, The Allied for Democracy, Advanced Congress of Democrats, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, the All Grassroots Alliance, the All Grand Alliance Party, the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, the Alliance For New Nigeria, the Alliance National Party, the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, the African Peoples Alliance, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, the Alternative Party of Nigeria and the Alliance of Social Democrats.
Yakubu continued that only 18 political parties were able to meet the registration requirements, and as a result, only the 18 parties are recognised. They are the Accord Party, African Action Congress of Omoyele Sowore, the Action Alliance ,the African Democratic Congress, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Labour Party, the Allied People’s Movement, the New Nigeria People’s Party, the People’s Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress, the Social Democratic Party, the National Rescue Movement, the People’s Redemption Party, the Young Progressives Party, and the Zenith.
At the press conference, Yakubu said the commission had fixed the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states for September 19 and October 10 respectively.
He explained that the Boot Party registered after 2019 general elections would continue to exist.
One of the breaches given by him was the failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one local government area of a state in a governorship election.
Another reason was the failure to win at least one ward in a chairmanship election, one seat in the National Assembly or state houses of assembly elections or one seat in a councillorship election.
While explaining that 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements, he said that one of the parties went to court, saying its fate would be determined by the judiciary.
According to Yakubu, Nigeria now has 18 parties as the Booth Party registered after the 2019 election would continue to exist.
He said, “In order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.
“Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general elections, including court-ordered re-runs arising from litigation, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.
“In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory which coincided with the 2019 general elections. It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct LG elections.
“Consequently, the commission has determined that 18 political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
“Seventy-five political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party, filed a suit and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.
Nigeria has 18 political parties – INEC chair
“The new political party, Boot Party, registered by court order after the 2019 general elections will also continue to exist. Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared and will also be available on our website and social media platforms.”