11 days after the de-registration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja issued a restraining order yesterday, stopping INEC from deregistering 31 political parties.
On Friday, the Plaintiffs submitted an order of mandatory injunction, supported by an affidavit of urgency, seeking the court to compel INEC to restore the political parties to status quo.
The 31 political parties filed a law suit challenging the powers of INEC to deregister them, they are seeking a judicial review of INEC’s decision.
The order was given in a ruling on an injunction brought by the 31 political parties against the Attorney-General of the Federation, Minister of Justice and INEC.
The court was adjourned by Justice Chikere till the 27th of February.
However, the ruling was condemned by INEC, stating that it can not be restrained by the court for an already pasted event.
The Plaintiffs, Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), All Blending Party (ABP), All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic People’s Congress (DPC),
Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and Green Party of Nigeria (GPN),
Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Democratic Alternative (DA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Nigeria For Democracy (NFD) and Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN),
Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP), United Democratic Party (UDP), United Patriot (UP), We The People Nigeria (WTPN), Young Democratic Party (YDP), Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), Change Advocacy Party (CAP), Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) and All Grassroots Alliance (AGA),
Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), National Interest Party (NIP), Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) and Red-build Nigeria Party (RBNP).
Addressing journalists shortly after the Court’s pronouncement, the president of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), Chief Peter Ameh noted that the de-registration of political parties by INEC has been restrained by the court.
Furthermore, he stated that the plans of toppling the leadership of IPAC by some unidentified persons on account of INEC’S party de-registration has failed.
“We believe in the spirit and letters of the law and that was why we did not call our members out to protest. We went to court to defend our rights and to ensure that our children will not be afraid to join an association or political party because it will be deregistered the next day without recourse to provisions of the constitution of the land” Ameh said.
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