Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has affirmed the deregistration of 32 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Anwuli Chikere dismissed the suit filed by the parties against the powers of INEC to deregister them.
Justice Chikere held that INEC rightly deregistered the parties in line with the provision of Section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The 32 political parties were among the 74 that were deregistered by INEC on February 6, 2020, on the grounds of poor performance in the 2019 general elections.
The parties had dragged INEC to court to restrain the electoral body from deregistering them.
On February 17, the court had restrained INEC from acting on the notice deregistering the 32 political parties, pending the determination of the suit.
But Justice Chikere’s Thursday judgment discharged the restraining order and validated INEC’s action.
Some of the affected 32 political parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, All Blending Party, All Grand Alliance Party, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic People’s Congress, Freedom and Justice Party, and Green Party of Nigeria.