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Your judgement on deregisteration of 32 political parties unjust, unfair – SPN tells Justice Chikere

Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Wednesday described the judgement delivered by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court (FHC) Abuja on the deregistration no fewer than thirty two political parties as unjust, unfair and undemocratic.

SPN made this declaration in a statement signed by its Acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and National Secretary Chinedu Bosah a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST.

DAILY POST gathered that Chikere had on Thursday, June 11th 2020, delivered a judgement where he okayed the deregistration of SPN and 31 political parties.

But, SPN while reacting, noted that the party shall not be deterred in its quest to stand for the working class and downtrodden.

The party in the statement threatened to take all necessary steps towards appealing the judgement.

The duo said, “The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) shall not be deterred in our quest to stand for the working class and downtrodden by the recent unfavourable judgement by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court (FHC) delivered on Thursday June 11, 2020 in a case brought before it by the SPN and 31 political parties to determine INEC’s right to deregister political parties.

“We will take all necessary steps towards appealing this judgement. As far as we are concerned, this judgement is unjust, unfair and undemocratic to the millions of working class, youth and poor voters who do not find themselves represented by the ruling APC, PDP and other pro-rich parties because of their anti-poor and capitalist policies.

“But more than this, we shall also commence a political campaign comprising sensitisation activities, petitioning and public demonstrations to mobilise our members, supporters and a broad spectrum of working and toiling people of Nigeria whose right to political choice has been attacked through the deregistration of the SPN and other parties.

“The SPN and 31 other political parties had instituted the case in October 2019 before the INEC’s decision to deregister 74 political parties (SPN inclusive) on February 6, 2020. The purport of the case was to defend the rights of SPN and other political parties to exist and prevent the further shrinking of the democratic space through a fraudulent constitution amendment exercise spearheaded by the Bukola Saraki leadership of the National Assembly which smuggled an amendment of the electoral law giving sweeping powers to INEC to deregister political parties that do not win any seat at Local Government, State and Federal levels.

“We expect that the same “all or none” principle that applies to the registration of a political party should equally apply to the deregistration. By this we mean, that since a political organisation cannot be registered as a party until it fulfils all the conditions stipulated in the constitution for registration, we equally hold that same political party should not stand the risk for deregistration until it is found culpable of the conditions for deregistration as stipulated in the constitution.

“Besides, we hold that the deregistration of the SPN on the basis of performance in 2019 general elections shows the hypocritical nature of the capitalist electoral process and the pro-rich bias of INEC. The 2019 general elections were adjudged by local and international monitors and observers to have been riddled by votes buying, violence and manipulations.

“It is this highly monetized and rigged 2019 general election that INEC has based its undemocratic decision to deregister the SPN. What this means logically therefore is that what INEC is punishing SPN for is its unwillingness to play the game of election manipulations and rigging by buying votes and arming thugs to hijack electoral materials or intimidate voters”.

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  1. Let them and appeal.what is the reason s political whose total number of votes cast for it in an election is not up to fifty in Al the polling stations in the country.

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