The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), Delta State Chapter has commended the 74 De-registered Political Parties in the State for withdrawing their suit from the Federal High Court, Asaba.
The IPAC State Chairman Comrade who is also the state Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA) party Comrade Emeka U. Bidokwu gave the commendation while chatting with newsmen in Asaba the state capital.
It would be recall that 74 Political Parties had gone to court to compel INEC to obey the Court of Appeal judgment in a suit instituted by 22 Political Parties which the Appeal Court judgment was in favour of the 22 Political Parties, which reprimanded INEC for not following the proper procedure for de-registration of Political Parties. The 74 Political Parties in Delta State went further to join DSIEC as defendants and also to compel the Commission to allow the said 74 Political Parties to contest the March 6, 2021 Local Government Election in the State but where denied participation because INEC had deregistered them from producing any candidate for any election in Nigeria.
Comrade Bidokwu who also spoke on his association preparedness to participate in the March 6th, 2021 Local government polls, averred that all the approved political parties by INEC and DSIEC for the polls are waxing stronger to wrestle power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the 25 Local Government Areas of the state as campaigns have begun to the nooks and crannies of the state to sell their manifestoes
The IPAC State Chairman who was particularly grateful to the 74 De-registered Political Parties for withdrawing their suit from Court, said no victor, no vanquished but reiterated that IPAC, Delta State Chapter has agreed to support the 74 De-registered Political Parties in their bid to reclaim their Political Party platforms stressing that in the game of politics, the more the merrier.
The Delta State IPAC Chairman who doubles as the state Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA) party Comrade Emeka U. Bidokwu however extended olive branch to the Chairmen of the de-registered Political Parties to always visit the IPAC office that is 24 hours open for all from time to time as they remain stakeholders in the Delta State Political space.
He was optimistic that when the 74 Political Parties eventually get to the Supreme Court, the judgment would be in their favour to enable them come back to contribute their quota to the development of democracy in Delta State.
The Chairman however revealed that from the above development, the association wish to intimate the public and other Political stakeholders that DSIEC was not in any way encumbered from conducting the March 6, Local Government Election as the suit against them had been withdrawn unconditionally by the de-registered Political Parties in the State.
The association reemphasized that with their earlier meeting with the DSIEC Chairman, Chief Mike Ogbodu and assurance of early preparation for the Local Government election, the association urged the commission to play by the rules so as to further deepen democracy in Delta State.