17 August 2020 By Georgina Humphrey.
The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to adhere strictly with the unanimous Declaratory Judgement of the Court of Appeal and relist political parties that were deregistered.
A statement signed by the CUPP Chairman Media Committee, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika says that INEC should reinstate the political parties as Orderd by the unanimous Judgement delivered by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.
“INEC being a law abiding institution, we as members of the Coalition believe that the honourable Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission will do what is expected of him by Nigerians and the Law to, without further delay, relist the political parties”
According to the statement CUPP is of the view that the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was misled into taking such action which has caused the Commission a lot of embarrassment.
The Coalition further notes the distinctions made between the National Unity Party (NUP) and INEC wherein their Lordships stated “that NUP only approached the Federal High Court after it was deregistered, unlike the 22 parties, which went to court before INEC deregistered them”
The statement explains that It is noteworthy for the Coalition to reemphasize that their Lordships while upholding the case of the parties’, went ahead to hold “that the circumstances in the July 29, 2020 judgement where another panel of the Court affirmed the deregistration of a National Unity Party, were different from the instant case”.
The CUPP calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to comply with the Court Judgement to enable the political parties assume their collective responsibilities to the Nigerian people.