INEC obeys Supreme Court’s judgment, recognizes YP as 19th political party

Youth Party (YP) was registered on 16th August 2018 by virtue of the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on 16th October 2017.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th political party in Nigeria with all the rights and privileges accorded political parties in Nigeria.

The commission’s action is predicated on a Supreme Court judgment which set aside the deregistration of YP by INEC.

The National Commissioner & Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Mr. Festus Okoye in a statement said the commission met on Thursday and deliberated on the judgment among other issues.

“Based on the judgement of the Supreme Court, the Commission interfaced with officials of the Youth Party on the modalities for its operation based on the Constitution, the Electoral Act 2022 and the Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission.

Consequently, the Commission has recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th Political Party in Nigeria with all the rights and privileges accorded political parties in Nigeria.” Mr. Okoye explained.

Youth Party (YP) was registered on 16th August 2018 by virtue of the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on 16th October 2017.

However, following the Commission’s decision to deregister some parties in accordance with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Youth Party approached the Federal High Court and secured an Order restraining the Commission from deregistering it.

The Court of Appeal later set aside the Order of the Federal High Court but on further appeal by the leadership of YP, the Supreme Court set aside the deregistration of the party.

See the press statement below:

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