7 April 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Supreme Court has affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeal which okayed deregistration of the National Unity Party, NUP and others.
The Apex Court in a virtual judgment noted that deregistration of, NUP, one of the 74 parties, was done in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.
The judgment was delivered by a 7 man panel headed by Justice Chima Nweze.
By upholding the deregistration of NUP, the apex Court has sealed the fate of the remaining 73 Parties, many of whom have their appeals still pending in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
INEC had last year deregistered the parties over failure to win any election during the 2019 general election.
However, NUP challenged their deregistration by INEC at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal and lost but its hope was further dashed when the Supreme Court affirmed the concurrent findings of the lower courts today.
Reacting to the judgment, the President of the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Dr. Leonard Nzenwa, said the judgment had ended all speculations and would allow INEC to now focus on critical issues in preparation for credible, free and fair 2023 general election.
Also, the Council of Nigerian Ethnic Youth Leaders, called on the National Assembly to quickly amend the Constitution and Electoral Act to stop further registration of more political parties, adding that the 18 remaining parties should be enough to satisfy all political tendencies in the country.