INEC deregisters 74 parties

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By Andy Chukwu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties due to non-compliance with their registration requirements as political parties.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, at a press conference in Abuja, also said 18 parties made the list of registered parties in the country.

The deregistered parties included the National Conscience Party, which was established by the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Kowa Party and the United Peoples Party.

Others include Fresh Democratic Party; Peoples Trust, the Advanced Allied Party, the All Blending Party, the Advanced Congress of Democrats, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, the Alliance for Democracy, the All Grassroots Alliance, the All Grand Alliance Party, the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, the Alliance For New Nigeria, the Alliance National Party, the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, the African Peoples Alliance, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, the Alternative Party of Nigeria and the Alliance of Social Democrats.

INEC listed the 18 successful parties are the Accord Party, the Action Alliance, African Action Congress, the African Democratic Congress, the All Progressives Congress, the All Progressive Grand Alliance and the Allied Peoples Movement.

Others successful ones are Labour Party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, the National Rescue Movement, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Redemption Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Young Progressives Party, and the Zenith Labour Party.

Yakubu explained that the Boot Party registered after 2019 general elections would continue to exist.

He said the commission deregistered the 74 political parties because they breached requirements for party registration.

One of the breaches given by him was the failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one local government area of a state in a governorship election.

Another reason was the failure to win at least one ward in a chairmanship election, one seat in the National Assembly or state houses of assembly elections or one seat in a councillorship election.

While explaining that 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements, he said that one of the parties went to court, saying its fate would be determined by the judiciary.

“In order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.

“Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general elections, including court-ordered re-runs arising from litigation, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.

“In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory which coincided with the 2019 general elections. It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct LG elections.

“Consequently, the commission has determined that 18 political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

“Seventy-five political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party, filed a suit and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.

“The new political party, Boot Party, registered by court order after the 2019 general elections will also continue to exist. Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared and will also be available on our website and social media platforms.”

The registered political parties, which reacted angrily to INEC’s decision, said it was sub judice, saying they would take legal action against the commission.

Some of the deregistered political parties, in separate interviews with the media vowed to challenge the commission in court.


(1) AAP – Advanced Allied Party

(2) ABP – All Blending Party

(3) ACD- Advanced Congress Of Democrats

(4) ACPN – Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria

AD – Alliance For Democracy

AGA – All Grassroots Alliance

AGAP – All Grand Alliance Party

ANDP – Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party

ANN – Alliance For New Nigeria

ANP – Alliance National Party

ANRP – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party

APA – African People Alliance

APDA – Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance

APN – Alternative Party Of Nigeria

ASD – Alliance Of Social Democrats

AUN – Alliance For A United Nigeria

BNPP – Better Nigeria Progressive Party

CAP – Change Advocacy Party

CC – Coalition For Change

CNP – Change Nigeria Party

COP – Congress Of Patriots

DA – Democratic Alternative

DPC – Democratic People’s Congress

DPP – Democratic People’s Party

FDP – Fresh Democratic Party

FJP – Freedom And Justice Party

GDPN – Grassroots Development Party Of Nigeria

GPN – Green Party Of Nigeria

HDP – Hope Democratic Party

ID – Independent Democrats

JMPP –  Justice Must Prevail Party

KP –  Kowa Party

LM –  Liberation Movement

LPN –  Legacy Party Of Nigeria

MAJA – Mass Action Joint Alliance

MDP –  Modern Democratic Party

MMN –  Masses Movement Of Nigeria

MPN – Mega Party Of Nigeria

MRDD – Movement For The Restoration And Defence Of Democracy

NAC – National Action Council

NCMP –  Nigeria Community Movement Party

NCP – National Conscience Party

NDCP – Nigeria Democratic Congress Party

NDLP –  National Democratic Liberty Party

NEPP – Nigeria Elements Progressive Party

NFD – Nigeria For Democracy

NGP – New Generation Party Of Nigeria

NIP – National Interest Party

NPC  – Nigeria People’s Congress

NPM –  New Progressive Movement

NUP –  National Unity Party

PDC – People For Democratic Change

PDM – People’s Democratic Movement

PPA –  Progressive People’s Alliance

PPC – Providence People’s Congress

PPN – People’s Party Of Nigeria

PPP – People’s Progressive Party

PT – People’s Trust

RAP – Reform And Advancement Party

RBNP – Re-Build Nigeria Party

RP – Restoration Party Of Nigeria

SNC –  Save Nigeria Congress

SNP – Sustainable National Party

SPN – Socialist Party Of Nigeria

UDP – United Democratic Party

UP – United Patriots

UPC – United People’s Congress

UPN – Unity Party Of Nigeria

UPP – United Progressive Party

WTPN –  We The People Nigeria

YDP – Young Democratic Party

YES – Electorates Solidarity

YP – Youth Party


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