National Conscience Party, a party that was founded by late Chief Gani Fawehinmi has commended the ruling of Appeal Court over the nebulous power of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to deregister political parties that have not won any political seat in all tiers of government.
The appreciation and joy that has no bound shown by the executives of the party on at the World Press Conference organized by National Conscience Party in Lagos.
It would be recalled that NCP embarked on the litigation against party deregistration on September 16, 2011 via suit No: FHC/L/CS/1084/11 before Honourable Justice E.O Abang at the Federal High Court, Lagos to challenge the constitutionality of previous of Section 78 (7) (ii) of the ELECTORAL Act 2010 as amended, which empower the INEC to deregister political parties for failure to win election a sit in the National or State House of Assembly.
The National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Yinusa Tanko said that NCP was worried and embarrassed at the desperation and velocity of INEC in deregistering political parties in spite of pending litigation including the use of derogatory and offensive languages on political parties as moribund political parties.
“the manner these political parties were deregistered with ignominy, incessant, unabated threats and intimidation by the former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega was just to excessive, so with the spirit of our founding father in us, we decided not to seat on the fence or fold our arms on the issue”, he said.
Tanko said further that the intention of taking up the case was borne from the National Executive Committee that was held in Osogbo.
According to him “the case was adjourned five times within two months and our two prayers at that time was injunction for non-deregistration of any political party in the country, but the justice Abang Court refused the injunction to cover other political parties were whimsically deregistered but Jega’s INEC”
Tanko who said the party was not satisfied with the judgment of Honorable Justice E.O Abang in 2013 that INEC has power to deregister political parties said that the party members showed open resentment to the extent that the Justice said to our NCP’s lawyer, Barrister Marcus Eyahono, telling him that members need not to riot but to go to the Appeal Court to contest the ruling.
It was in view of this judgment that the party files an appeal at the Court of Appeal with, Lagos with Suit No: CA/L/ 141413 which allowed the party to fly its banner and contested for various political offices in the last 2015 general election in the country.
“It is good to be proactive because other political parties that we invited refused to join us in the legal battle were regrettably deregistered”, Tanko revealed.
According to Tanko, “NCP believes strongly in the rule of law and reain resolute in its pursuit, to a logicsal conclusion, as a cherished and inherited legacy from our founder, Chief late Gani Fawehini who’s vacuum remain unfilled since his demise”
Tanko finally demanded for the unconditional and immediate reinstatement by INEC of all political parties that has fallen victim of INEC deregistration exercise.
“We hope the present leadership of INEC under the present Acting Chairperson, will not hesitate to do the needful and avoid another round of litigation where they will further be trashed”, he warned.