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KOWA, Fela Durotoye’s ANN, Banky W’s MDP, 71 Other Political Parties Deregistered by INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deregistered seventy-four political parties.

This suggests that only eighteen political parties survived the deregistration process.

The commission carried out a review of the performance of political parties after the 2019 general elections to see which parties qualify to exists.

The Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

Although a total of 75 parties were listed for deregistration, one of them – Action People’s Party (APP) – obtained a court order restraining the electoral umpire from deregistering it.

Some of the popular parties affected include KOWA Party; the National Conscience Party (NCP) which was founded by the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN); Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) under which Fela Durotoye ran for president in 2019 and Modern Democratic Party (MDP) the party with the youngest National Chairman, Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi. It was under the MDP that popular Nigerian music artiste and celebrity Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington made his 2019 run for a Federal House of Representatives seat in Lagos.

Here is the full list of the 18 political parties that scaled the deregistration process:

Accord  (A)

Action Alliance  (AA)

African Action Congress (AAC)

African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Action Democratic Party (ADP)

All Progressives Congress (APC)

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

Allied People’s Movement (APM)

Action People’s Party (APP)

Boot Party (BP)

Labour Party (LP)

New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)

National Rescue Movement (NRM)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)

Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Young Progressive Party (YPP)

Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)

Meanwhile, the Commission has fixed September 19th, 2020 for the governorship election in Edo and October 10th, 2020 for the gubernatorial Ondo state.

Read the full briefing by the INEC boss below:

MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE STATUS OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CONDUCT OF SOME OFF-SEASON AND BYE-ELECTIONS HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2020

Honourable National Commissioners

Senior officials of the Commission

The media

Ladies and gentlemen

On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I warmly welcome you to this briefing. The purpose is to convey to Nigerians the decision of the Commission on the status of political parties.

Similarly, the Commission has fixed the dates for the end-of-tenure Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as bye-elections to fill vacancies in some States of the Federation.

Status of Political Parties

You will recall that prior to the 2019 general election, Nigeria had 91 political parties. One more party was registered by court order after the election, making a total of 92 political parties. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) vests in INEC the power to register and regulate the activities of political parties.

You will also recall that in 2018, the Constitution was amended. In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowers the Commission to deregister political parties.

Prior to the Fourth Alteration, the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had provided for the deregistration of political parties. Based on this provision, the Commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties.

However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the Constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same Constitution.

Subsequently, the courts ordered the Commission to reinstate the parties. It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the Commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds:

Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party.

Failure to win at least 25% of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25% of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election.

Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election, one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election.

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 election, including court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, 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 (FCT) which coincided with the 2019 general election.

It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the Constitution to conduct Local Government elections.

Consequently, the Commission has determined that sixteen (16) political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as follows:

S/No. NAME OF PARTY ACRONYM
1. Accord Party A
2. Action Alliance AA
3. African Action Congress AAC
4. African Democratic Congress ADC
5. African Democratic Party ADP
6. All Progressives Congress APC
7. All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA
8. Allied Peoples Movement APM
9. Labour Party LP
10. New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP
11. National Rescue Movement NRM
12. Peoples Democratic Party PDP
13. Peoples Redemption Party PRP
14. Social Democratic Party SDP
15. Young Progressive Party YPP
16. Zenith Labour Party ZLP

Seventy-five (75) political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP), filed a suit in court 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 (BP), registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.

Accordingly, seventy-four (74) political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has eighteen (18) registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared with you at this briefing and will also be available on our website and social media platforms shortly.

Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections

The tenure of the Governors of Edo and Ondo States will end on 12th November 2020 and 24th February 2021 respectively. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 25(8) of the Electoral Act 2010, elections cannot hold earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent Governor.

Accordingly, the Commission has fixed Saturday 19th September 2020 as the date for the Governorship election in Edo State and Saturday 10th October 2020 for Ondo State. Detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.

Similarly, the Commission is conducting bye-elections in three (3) constituencies as a result of the deaths of some serving members of the National and State Assemblies. The Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has declared a vacancy in Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State.

Similarly, the Honourable Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly has declared a vacancy in Patigi State Constituency while the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly has declared the Kebbe State Constituency vacant.

These bye-elections will hold simultaneously in the three (3) States of the Federation on Saturday 14th March 2020. Again, the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.

On this note, let me reiterate the resolve the Commission to stand firm against acts capable of disrupting the elections. As we are all aware, election is a process. However, the process does not begin and end with Election Day activities.

The conduct of party primaries, nomination of candidates, electioneering campaigns and the submission of the list of polling agents are also essential to the electoral process. Above all, good behaviour by all officials and actors involved is crucial for success.

I wish to remind all parties and candidates that violence during party primaries and electioneering campaigns, the snatching of election materials or the deployment of thugs against INEC officials, observers, the media and unarmed security personnel at polling units are acts punishable under our electoral laws.

Already, the political atmosphere in a particular State is charged. No one should regard the release of the Timetable for the elections as a signal to further escalate tension or a call to commence the recruitment of goons and arming of thugs and hoodlums.

I thank you all and God bless.

LIST OF DE-REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES

S/NO. NAME OF PARTY ACRONYM
1. ADVANCED ALLIED PARTY AAP
2. ALL BLENDING PARTY ABP
3. ADVANCED CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATS ACD
4. ALLIED CONGRESS PARTY OF NIGERIA ACPN
5. ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY AD
6. ALL GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE AGA
7. ALL GRAND ALLIANCE PARTY AGAP
8. ADVANCED NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANDP
9. ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIA ANN
10. ALLIANCE NATIONAL PARTY ANP
11. ABUNDANT NIGERIA RENEWAL PARTY ANRP
12. AFRICAN PEOPLES ALLIANCE APA
13. ADVANCED PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE APDA
14. ALTERNATIVE PARTY OF NIGERIA APN
15. ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ASD
16. ALLIANCE FOR A UNITED NIGERIA AUN
17. BETTER NIGERIA PROGRESSIVE PARTY BNPP
18. CHANGE ADVOCACY PARTY CAP
19. COALITION FOR CHANGE C4C
20. CHANGE NIGERIA PARTY CNP
21. CONGRESS OF PATRIOTS COP
22. DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE DA
23. DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES CONGRESS DPC
24. DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES PARTY DPP
25. FRESH DEMOCRATIC PARTY FRESH
26. FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTY FJP
27. GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PARTY OF NIGERIA GDPN
28. GREEN PARTY OF NIGERIA GPN
29. HOPE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HDP
30. INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS ID
31. JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL PARTY JMPP
32. KOWA PARTY KP
33. LIBERATION MOVEMENT LM
34. LEGACY PARTY OF NIGERIA LPN
35. MASS ACTION JOINT ALLIANCE MAJA
36. MODERN DEMOCRATIC PARTY MDP
37. MASSES MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA MMN
38. MEGA PARTY OF NIGERIA MPN
39. MOVEMENT FOR THE RESTORATION AND DEFENCE OF DEMOCRACY MRDD
40. NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL NAC
41. NIGERIA COMMUNITY MOVEMENT PARTY NCMP
42. NATIONAL CONSCIENCE PARTY NCP
43. NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS PARTY NDCP
44. NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC LIBERTY PARTY NDLP
45. NIGERIA ELEMENTS PROGRESSIVE PARTY NEPP
46. NIGERIA FOR DEMOCRACY NFD
47. NEW GENERATION PARTY OF NIGERIA NGP
48. NATIONAL INTEREST PARTY NIP
49. NIGERIA PEOPLES CONGRESS NPC
50. NEW PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT NPM
51. NATIONAL UNITY PARTY NUP
52. PEOPLES COALITION PARTY PCP
53. PEOPLES FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE PDC
54. PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT PDM
55. PROGRESSIVE PEOPLES ALLIANCE PPA
56. PROVIDENCE PEOPLES CONGRESS PPC
57. PEOPLES PARTY OF NIGERIA PPN
58. PEOPLES PROGRESSIVE PARTY PPP
59. PEOPLES TRUST PT
60. REFORM AND ADVANCEMENT PARTY RAP
61. RE-BUILD NIGERIA PARTY RBNP
62. RESTORATION PARTY OF NIGERIA RP
63. SAVE NIGERIA CONGRESS SNC
64. SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL PARTY SNP
65. SOCIALIST PARTY OF NIGERIA SPN
66. UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY UDP
67. UNITED PATRIOTS UP
68. UNITED PEOPLES CONGRESS UPC
69. UNITY PARTY OF NIGERIA UPN
70. UNITED PROGRESSIVE PARTY UPP
71. WE THE PEOPLE NIGERIA WTPN
72. YOUNG DEMOCRATIC PARTY YDP
73. YES ELECTORATES SOLIDARITY YES
74. YOUTH PARTY YP

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