An Abuja Federal High Court has ruled against the deregistration of the Youth Party of Nigeria, YPN, by INEC.
The court reversed the decision of INEC to deregister the YPN describing the decision as a breach of the political party’s right to a fair hearing.
In his judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo said that the electoral umpire breached YPN’s right by deregistering it despite a pending case the party filed against INEC’s earlier threat.
Justice Ekwo’s ruling was on a suit filed by the Youth Party, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/10/2020, which had INEC as the sole defendant.
The judge ruled that while INEC is empowered under Section 255(a) of the Constitution to deregister political parties, such power must be exercised within the law’s ambit.
“I condemn the action of the defendant in deregistering the plaintiff while its case was pending,” the judge said.
He further added that INEC’s decision to deregister the plaintiff during the case’s pendency amounted to an arbitrary exercise of powers.
Reacting to this ruling, the YPN Counsel Barr. John Ochogwu expressed happiness with the judgment of the court.
Ochogwu further urged INEC always to observe the rule of law in the discharge of its statutory duties.