One of the de-registered party by INEC, The Reform and Advancement Party RAP has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission for de-registering it.
RAP is among the 74 political parties de-registered by INEC on Thursday last week for their poor performance in the 2019 general elections.
The party, along with its National Chairman, Dr Nonyerem Davidson, and its National Youth Leader, Alexander Ocheinu, on Monday, jointly filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/129/2020 before the Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge its de-registration.
The party urged the court to nullify its de-registration and restore it as a registered political party.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Kingdom Okere, of Prima Facie Chambers, argued that the party was not given a fair hearing before INEC took the decision to de-register it and added that the party was not given adequate time to prove itself as it was only registered on August 14, 2018, less than six months before the 2019 general elections.
Among the five prayers sought in the suit, the lawyer urged the court to declare that the powers vested in INEC to register and regulate activities of political parties in Nigeria, in addition to the powers to de-register political parties provided in Section 225(a) of the constitution and in Section 78 (7a) (i) and (ii) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended 2015) “can only be exercised when democratically organized election has been conducted at the federal and state levels and in the 778 local government areas recognized in the 1999 Constitution.”
The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge.