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Mixed Reactions Trail INEC Deregistration of Parties

08 Dec 2012

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 INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega


By Chuks Okocha and Onyebuchi Ezeigbo 

Mixed reaction continued to trail the deregistration of 28 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as some of the affected parties condemned the action, describing it as part of the grand plan by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the 2015 general elections.

Also the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) reacted to the situation by appealing to INEC to reconsider its stand on the deregistration as going ahead with it will be against the intent and letters of the Nigerian constitution regarding the freedom of citizens to freely associate.

But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disagreed, contending that some of the deregistered parties have become idle and docile, hence have nothing to contribute towards the development of democracy in Nigeria.

Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Osita Okechukwu said INEC lacked the capacity to take the action, adding,  “It is the candid view of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties {CNPP} that INEC lacks the moral and legal capacity to de-register political parties as the Supreme Court judgment on the registration of political parties is still subsisting.

At any rate the strength of political parties cannot today be determined because of the sham and less than transparent elections INEC conducts.  For instance, how can somebody de-register Peoples Redemption Party {PRP} with all the massive Aminu Kano followership in the North?”
He went further, “It is unfortunate that Professor Jega against his previous high pedigree has allowed himself to be recruited by the PDP; a party which failed to deliver the dividends of democracy and whose game-plan is to use subterfuge and brinksmanship to hang on to power.

Otherwise, why did Professor Jega blatantly consign to the dust-bin of history or implement with passion other breaches and infractions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010, which more than the partisan ones he is now committed to are better placed to deepen our fledgling democracy? “To mention a few, the failure to


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