The Federal High Court in Abuja overturned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to de-register the Nigerian Youth Party, YPN.
In its ruling , the Court acknowledged that the decision of the electoral body was an abuse of the political party’s right to a fair hearing.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, while passing his judgment, noted that INEC had infringed YPN’s right by de-registering it amid a pending case filed by the party against INEC’s earlier attack.
Justice Ekwo’s decision was based on a case brought by the Youth Party: FHC/ABJ/ CS/10/2020, which had INEC as the sole defendant.
The judge ruled that although INEC is empowered under Section 255(a) of the Constitution to de-register political parties, such power must be exercised within the armbit of the law.
He said, “I condemn the action of the defendant in de-registering the plaintiff while its case was pending.”
Justice Ekwo further stated that the decision of the commission to de-register the party during the pendency of the case amounted to an arbitrary exercise of powers
Counsel to the party, Barr. John Ochogwu, while reacting to the ruling expressed happiness with the Judgment of the court.
Ochogwu urged INEC to always observe the Rule of law in the discharge of its statutory duties.