Party Deregistration: More Wins For INEC As Court Re-affirms Commission Acted Within Its Powers

For the second time in 72 hours, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit filled by some political parties challenging the powers of the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register them.

In the Suit No. FHC/CS/127/2020 filed on 10th February 2020  five de-registered political parties, the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), Liberation Movement (LM), Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP) and United Peoples Congress (UPC) had urged the court to reverse the action by INEC.

In a judgement delivered on Friday, the court presided by Hon. Justice Anwuli Ichegbuo Chikere, again reaffirmed that INEC perfectly and legitimately acted within its powers to de-register the political parties along with 67 other 

The five parties are among the 74 political parties de-registered by INEC on 6th February 2020 for breach of Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

This is the fifth time since 5th June 2020 that the 74 non-performing parties have failed to upturn the decision of INEC to de-register them through the courts. It will be recalled that Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court had dismissed two separate but similar suits filed by National Unity Party (NUP) and Hope Democratic Party (HDP). It will also be recalled that Hon. Justice Chikere had dismissed the suit filed by 33 political parties on the same ground as her latest judgement delivered today.

The latest judgement is coming on the heels of the dismissal of a similar suit on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 by Hon. Justice Nkeonye E. Maha involving two political parties, the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and Reform and Advancement Party (RAP).

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