15 August 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The President of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, Peter Ameh, says the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ignored the Judgment of the Court of Appeal on Deregistration of political parties.
A statement signed by the IPAC National Legal Adviser, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika states that the unanimous Judgement by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem remains a declaratory Judgment to which stay of execution can not be sought for or obtained by INEC.
It explains that the President of the Court of Appeal declared unequivocally that the deregistration of the affected political parties by INEC remains illegal, unconstitutional, void and violates the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“It is indeed of great concern that since the Judgement of the Court of Appeal was delivered, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has deliberately failed, neglected and refused to abide by the Court Judgment, in re-enlisting the political parties”
The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, under Peter Ameh is indeed concerned over the protracted impunity and disdain with which INEC handles substantive Orders and Judgments from Courts of competent jurisdiction.
“The President of the Court of Appeal clearly declared that the deregistration of political parties by INEC was illegal and consequently proceeded to set aside, such illegal deregistration as the action was taken during the pendency of the Suit at trial Court”
The statement therefore calls on all Council members and Nigerians to believe and have faith in the nation’s democracy as well as in our great Country, Nigeria.
“As we continue in the struggle to liberate our Nation from arbitrariness and autocracy, we shall not be deterred to fight for and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and more specifically, our fundamental rights as enshrined and contained therein”