By Andy Chukwu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties due to non-compliance with their registration requirements as political parties.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, at a press conference in Abuja, also said 18 parties made the list of registered parties in the country.
The deregistered parties included the National Conscience Party, which was established by the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Kowa Party and the United Peoples Party.
Others include Fresh Democratic Party; Peoples Trust, the Advanced Allied Party, the All Blending Party, the Advanced Congress of Democrats, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, the Alliance for Democracy, the All Grassroots Alliance, the All Grand Alliance Party, the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, the Alliance For New Nigeria, the Alliance National Party, the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, the African Peoples Alliance, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, the Alternative Party of Nigeria and the Alliance of Social Democrats.
INEC listed the 18 successful parties are the Accord Party, the Action Alliance, African Action Congress, the African Democratic Congress, the All Progressives Congress, the All Progressive Grand Alliance and the Allied Peoples Movement.
Others successful ones are Labour Party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, the National Rescue Movement, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Redemption Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Young Progressives Party, and the Zenith Labour Party.
Yakubu explained that the Boot Party registered after 2019 general elections would continue to exist.
He said the commission deregistered the 74 political parties because they breached requirements for party registration.
One of the breaches given by him was the failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one local government area of a state in a governorship election.
Another reason was the failure to win at least one ward in a chairmanship election, one seat in the National Assembly or state houses of assembly elections or one seat in a councillorship election.
While explaining that 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements, he said that one of the parties went to court, saying its fate would be determined by the judiciary.
“In order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.
“Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general elections, including court-ordered re-runs arising from litigation, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.
“In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory which coincided with the 2019 general elections. It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct LG elections.
“Consequently, the commission has determined that 18 political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
“Seventy-five political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party, filed a suit and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.
“The new political party, Boot Party, registered by court order after the 2019 general elections will also continue to exist. Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared and will also be available on our website and social media platforms.”
The registered political parties, which reacted angrily to INEC’s decision, said it was sub judice, saying they would take legal action against the commission.
Some of the deregistered political parties, in separate interviews with the media vowed to challenge the commission in court.
LIST OF DE-REGISTERED PARTIES :
(1) AAP – Advanced Allied Party
(2) ABP – All Blending Party
(3) ACD- Advanced Congress Of Democrats
(4) ACPN – Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria
AD – Alliance For Democracy
AGA – All Grassroots Alliance
AGAP – All Grand Alliance Party
ANDP – Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party
ANN – Alliance For New Nigeria
ANP – Alliance National Party
ANRP – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party
APA – African People Alliance
APDA – Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance
APN – Alternative Party Of Nigeria
ASD – Alliance Of Social Democrats
AUN – Alliance For A United Nigeria
BNPP – Better Nigeria Progressive Party
CAP – Change Advocacy Party
CC – Coalition For Change
CNP – Change Nigeria Party
COP – Congress Of Patriots
DA – Democratic Alternative
DPC – Democratic People’s Congress
DPP – Democratic People’s Party
FDP – Fresh Democratic Party
FJP – Freedom And Justice Party
GDPN – Grassroots Development Party Of Nigeria
GPN – Green Party Of Nigeria
HDP – Hope Democratic Party
ID – Independent Democrats
JMPP – Justice Must Prevail Party
KP – Kowa Party
LM – Liberation Movement
LPN – Legacy Party Of Nigeria
MAJA – Mass Action Joint Alliance
MDP – Modern Democratic Party
MMN – Masses Movement Of Nigeria
MPN – Mega Party Of Nigeria
MRDD – Movement For The Restoration And Defence Of Democracy
NAC – National Action Council
NCMP – Nigeria Community Movement Party
NCP – National Conscience Party
NDCP – Nigeria Democratic Congress Party
NDLP – National Democratic Liberty Party
NEPP – Nigeria Elements Progressive Party
NFD – Nigeria For Democracy
NGP – New Generation Party Of Nigeria
NIP – National Interest Party
NPC – Nigeria People’s Congress
NPM – New Progressive Movement
NUP – National Unity Party
PDC – People For Democratic Change
PDM – People’s Democratic Movement
PPA – Progressive People’s Alliance
PPC – Providence People’s Congress
PPN – People’s Party Of Nigeria
PPP – People’s Progressive Party
PT – People’s Trust
RAP – Reform And Advancement Party
RBNP – Re-Build Nigeria Party
RP – Restoration Party Of Nigeria
SNC – Save Nigeria Congress
SNP – Sustainable National Party
SPN – Socialist Party Of Nigeria
UDP – United Democratic Party
UP – United Patriots
UPC – United People’s Congress
UPN – Unity Party Of Nigeria
UPP – United Progressive Party
WTPN – We The People Nigeria
YDP – Young Democratic Party
YES – Electorates Solidarity
YP – Youth Party