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Court begins hearing on suit against INEC’s deregistration of Youth Party

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Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Abuja high court has commenced hearing on a suit filed by the Youth Party against the party’s deregistration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The judge however adjourned the case till April 20, 2020.

The Youth Party through its lead Counsel (and Board of Trustee Member), Mr Francis Akinlotan, had argued before Justice Ekwo that the Party had on 8 January 2020, filed an interlocutory injunction to restrain INEC from deregistering them as a political party.

Akinlotan further stated that INEC was served on January 15, 2020, and responded on February 3, 2020 but proceeded to deregister the party without regard for the matter already pending in court.

Speaking to journalists after the proceedings, Akinlotan expressed faith in the judicial system, noting that INEC would do the right thing by reversing its attempt to deregister the party.

He said, “We hope to participate in all coming elections and we will exercise our constitutional right to freedom of association to the fullest. INEC is seeking to restrict the democratic space under the pretext of the law, which it applies selectively in bad faith.

“Serious political parties must be allowed to grow organically if we are serious about having ideologically driven parties like the Youth Party in charge of the Country”

The case was subsequently adjourned till April 20, 2020 for further hearing.


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