The 23 political parties delisted by the Independent Electoral Commission in 2020 will know their fate today as the Supreme Court of Nigeria will go ahead to deliver a landmark judgment on their status.
Before the apex court to determine, is whether due process was followed by the electoral umpire before the parties were banned.
Parties affected are Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, ANDP, All Blending Party ABP, All Grand Alliance Party, AGAP, Alliance of Social Democrats, ACD, Change Advocacy Party, CAP, Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC, Green Party of Nigeria, GPN.
Others delisted are Masse Movement of Nigeria, MMN, Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN, New Generation Party of Nigeria, NGP, Nigeria For Democracy, NFD, Peoples Coalition Party PCP, Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, People For Democratic Change, PDC, and Young Democratic Party, YDP.
Also affected are Re-build Nigeria Party, RBNP, Save Nigeria Congress, SNC, Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, United Democratic Party, UDP, United Patriots, UP, and We the People Nigeria, WTPN,
Recall that the parties had earlier lost their legal battle on the de-registration at the Federal High Court in a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo who ruled that the electoral body had power to remove.
An Appeal Court in Abuja, however, set aside the High Court verdict, with a ruling that due process was not followed by INEC.