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DPP sues INEC over deregistration of 74 political parties


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The Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, one of the 74 political parties recently de-registered by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it is already in court to challenge the commission.

DPP National Chairman, Garshon Benson said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

Benson said that party filled the suit against INEC because it believed that the commission erred in its Feb. 6 decision.

“On Feb. 6, INEC announced the de-registration of 74 political parties out of the 92 parties and incidentally DPP was one of the de-registered parties.

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“For us we are not happy with that. We felt that INEC erred in taking that decision.

“INEC is a creation of the law and we are equally a creation of the law. We have approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the action of INEC in de-registering our party.

“For us, we felt that INEC erred. The decision to de-register us was wrong. We have filled our action and INEC had been dully served.

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“We believe that we are going to get justice. We believe that the court will void the decision of INEC to de-register us,” he said.

Benson said that DPP also believed that the de-registration did not follow due process, saying election circle was not yet over.

“As we speak DPP has been cleared to contest LG election in Enugu state and the election is scheduled for Feb. 29,” he said.

Benson added that DPP was also in court against INEC for unlawfully omission its name from the ballot paper in Nov. 16 Kogi governorship election.

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“The matter is ongoing at Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja here. We are going back to the tribunal on Feb. 22 to start calling out witnesses. We are equally going to be at the tribunal on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25,” he said.

Benson said that the case which was before the tribunal was another prove that DPP’s de-registration was illegal and invalid.


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