Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will soon deregister 22 political parties that could neither win a seat in the 2015 general elections for state and national assemblies.
Also, the National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, yesterday passed a vote of confidence on the national chairman, Chief Olu Falae, for propelling and leading the party to the sixth position in spite of having less than six months to organise and present its manifestoes to the electorate.
According to informed officials of those parties that scaled through the hurdle, only six out of the 29 registered political parties are likely to enjoy the privilege of fielding candidates in subsequent elections, especially after the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
INEC is only awaiting the formal reconstitution of its key commissioners before it officially deregister the affected parties. “INEC has informed the parties that only those that were able to win at least a seat in the state House of Assembly will remain. That means only political parties as it stands will officially do business with the electorate in 2016, unless INEC thinks otherwise.”
In yesterday’s NEC meeting, where Chief Falae was thumbed up for, the SDP beat its chest for being able to secure a seat in the House of Representatives through Bitrus Kwamoti Laori, who won the seat for Numan Federal Constituency, two seats each in Taraba and Delta Houses of Assembly, respectively.
“If we had enough time to organise and present our manifestoes to the electorate, we would have won more seats. But we were only few months away from the elections when the court established that we were legal entity for the elections. Had we the time to orgainse and raise funds, we would have given the PDP and APC a run for their money,” Chief Falae said, stressing that already, a foundation had been laid for subsequent building on and for success.
Accordingly, he said the party plans to kick-start ward congresses where its legitimate officials are to be elected and then ensure that the party is structured in all the states.
“We have laid the foundation for conducting the ward congresses throughout the federation to be capped by the national convention next year. The SDP is comfortable now since it can’t be threatened with deregistration in view of our successes in the last general elections,” he added, stressing that all hands will be deck to achieve its desired aim.
Meanwhile, state chairmen gave accounts of their performances and plans for the forthcoming ward congresses. Some of those in attendance included Seyi Makinde, its gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Senator Ebenezer Ikijina, Dr Ahmed Sadiq, who ran for governorship in Kaduna State, Engr Wole Adesina, Nze Nnadi and Elder Isaac Gokana, among others.

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