Race to 2023: Nigeria’s Apex Court Upholds Deregistration of Parties

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeal which upheld the deregistration of the National Unity Party and others.

These political parties were deregistered last year by INEC over failure to win any election during the 2019 general election.

In the appeal before the apex court, NUP challenged their deregistration by INEC at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Justice Mohammed Idris while delivering the lead judgment of a panel of the court, held that INEC did not err in law in the deregistration of the National Unity Party, which filed the appeal.

The court upheld the judgment of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had earlier in May 2020 nullified the deregistration of NUP and 73 other political parties for being in breach of section 225(a)of the Nigeria Constitution.

In the judgement, delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, the apex court said the de-registration of NUP and 73 other parties, was done in line with the law and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

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