By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
A political party, Alliance For New Nigeria has described as unconstitutional, the decision taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister 74 political parties.
This was expressed by a statement signed by the National Chairman of the party, Emmanuel Dania, made available to our correspondent on Saturday.
“The announcement of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregistered 74 duly registered political parties and the Alliance for New Nigeria captured on same list can be best described as hasty and unconstitutional. Our response to the announcement of INEC is borne of the consideration for the principles of justice, fair play and respect for the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian constitution is bigger than any organ or arm or agency of government and the provisions are to be upheld and respected by all including INEC.
“The constitutional position is clear on how and when political parties can be deregistered and that position is yet to be attained.
“The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC which clearly highlighted that the constitutional provisions are clear as sated in section 229 defines a political party to include association whose activities shall include canvassing for votes in support of a candidate for election into a Local Government Council and this provision has not been fully and completed exhausted as a political party because we have candidates in Local Government Areas whose elections are coming up soon,” the party said.
It continued by saying, “We are therefore station that INEC as an institution ought to have been responsible enough to have waited until elections are held in all 774 LGAs and 8,809 Electoral Wards in Nigeria before the hasty announcement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 was made.
“We are therefore not deterred by this announcement and we are in alignment with the position of IPAC that a matter that is already before a competent court of law and yet to be decided cannot be subjected to the whiles and caprices of INEC.
The party said it is important to reemphasize the fact that 33 political parties, who are members of the Council, moved a motion in Court 3, at the Federal High Court in Abuja for an Order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC from deregistering the concerned political Parties, pending the determination of the Suit.
“The court adjourned for Ruling on February 17th, 2020 but the Independent National Electoral Commission proceeded in error to foist a state of helplessness,” it concluded.