Why We Deregistered 74 Political Parties-INEC
By Solomon Ndahi
The Deregistration of 74 political parties was aimed at sanitizing the country’s electoral system says The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The commission last week in a shock move announced the deregistration of all but 18 parties in Nigeria.
Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi in an exclusive interview with correspondent Solomon Ndahi, says that the constitution had given clear provisions for the write –off.
Oyekanmi urges anyone dissatisfied with the decision to seek legal redress.
”The commission did not take the decision as a punitive measure against political parties. We were just implementing Section 225A of the constitution, the Fourth alteration made by the National Assembly. The alteration set some criteria that political parties must now fulfill after every 4 years”, he says.
However, National Publicity Secretary of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Ademola Abidemi, describes INEC’s decision as unconstitutional adding that it was hastily done without due consultations.
“INEC has taken a decision that is very illegal. It is very hostile to our constitution and it has been challenged in court before now. We have been in court with INEC and they have not joined issues nor have they come to court.”