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Nigeria: INEC’s Action Hasty, Unconstitutional Says ANN Chairman

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National Chairman for Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Emmanuel Dania has described as hasty and unconstitutional, the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister 74 duly registered political parties, of which his party was listed among.

Speaking at press briefing at the weekend, Dania who said he was highly disappointed by INEC’s action said the Nigerian constitution is bigger than any organ or agency of government and the provisions are to be upheld and respected by all including INEC.

Stressing that his party’s response to INEC’s announcement of INEC is borne out of the consideration for the principles of justice, fair play and respect for the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dania added, “the constitutional position is clear on how and when political parties can be deregistered and that position is yet to be attained.

“This position is contained in the press statement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 of The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), which clearly highlighted that the constitutional provisions are clear as sated in section 229 defines a political party to include association whose activities shall include canvassing for votes in support of a candidate for election into a local government council and this provision has not been fully and completed exhausted as a political party because we have candidates in Local Government Areas whose elections are coming up soon.”

He said therefore he was of the opinion that INEC as an institution ought to have been responsible enough to have waited until elections are held in all 774 LGAs and 8,809 Electoral Wards in Nigeria before the hasty announcement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 was made.