After much pressure, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally acknowledged the Youth Party as an officially registered political party in Nigeria. This decision came about following an order from the Supreme Court.
Before this recognition, INEC had initiated a process to deregister certain political parties in preparation for the 2023 general elections, and the Youth Party was one of the parties targeted for deregistration.
However, the Youth Party was dissatisfied with INEC’s decision and took legal action by approaching the Federal High Court, which granted an order preventing the electoral body from deregistering them. INEC appealed this judgment, and the appellate court initially overturned the order, allowing INEC to proceed with the deregistration.
Nevertheless, the Youth Party did not give up and further appealed the case to the Supreme Court. Eventually, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Youth Party, setting aside the deregistration.
In compliance with the Supreme Court’s judgment, INEC engaged in discussions with officials from the Youth Party to establish the necessary modalities for their operations. Consequently, INEC has now recognized the Youth Party as the 19th Political Party in Nigeria, granting them all the rights and privileges accorded to political parties in the country, as specified in the Constitution, Electoral Act 2022, and the regulations and guidelines of the commission.
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