De-Registration: Five Parties Drag INEC To Court
Five political parties, herein referred to as the Plaintiffs/Applicants, in a suit dated 10th February, 2020, have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop it from de-registering them.
The suit was brought before the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Abuja Judicial Division.
The affected parties are:
- Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP)
- Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP)
- Liberation Movement (LM)
- United Peoples Congress (UPC), and,
- Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD)
The Plaintiffs/Applicants, among other things, in the application, prayed the court for the following reliefs:
- To restrain INEC from giving effect to the directive deregistering them as political parties in Nigeria pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
- To restrain the electoral umpire from excluding them rom participating in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra states respectively and in all the 774 local government areas of the country pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
- To restrain the commission from excluding the Plaintiffs/Applicants in the ballots for pending and upcoming local government elections in the various states in Nigeria, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The suit has the Independent National Electoral Commission as the sole defendant/respondent.
See the suit below: