Last Monday’s Appeal Court’s Judgment which knocked out the claim of the INEC that ACD, RAP amongst other 21 political parties were deregistered has not become yet uhuru for the plaintiffs as INEC has concluded arrangements to appeal against the Appeal Court judgment at Supreme Court.
This is even as the commission accused Appeal Court of given conflicting judgments on the same issue.
The court of Appeal in Abuja had last Monday declared as ultra vires the judgment of the High court which hitherto upheld the deregistration of the said political parties by INEC.
Speaking to the press, after the said judgment, the INEC National Commissioner and chairman information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye revealed that on July 29th the court of Appeal Abuja division in an Appeal filed by the National Unity Party (NUP) affirmed the power of INEC to deregister political parties which failed to meet the constitutional threshold of section 225A.
Okoye who queried the rationale behind two conflicting judgments, one empowering the commission to deregister political parties and the other stripping the commission of such powers however disclosed the commissioners resolve to appeal the judgment at the supreme court.
However, this judgment has also affected the earlier judgment of the Federal High Court which knocked out the petition by RAP as well as its 2019 Governorship candidate, Kingdom Okere against Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State.
The said Okere had approached the High Court seeking the interpretation of the judgment of Justice Mary Odili which states amongst others that Uche Nwosu ought to be the governorship candidate of the APC but given his nomination by two political parties the APC and the AA, he was no longer the APC’s candidate.