Okoye confirmed that INEC was in receipt of the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 in an Appeal filed by Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and 22 others relating to their deregistration by the Commission.
“In the judgement, the Court of Appeal held that the deregistration of ACD and 22 others is ultra vires the powers of the Commission and ordered the Commission to reinstate them.”
Okoye recalled that on July 29, 2020, the Court Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division in an enchantment filed by the National Unity Party (NUP) affirmed the ability of the Commission (INEC) to deregister political events that fail to meet the constitutional threshold in part 225A.
He added that dissatisfied with the judgment the National Unity Party lodged an enchantment which is presently pending before the Supreme Court.
“The Commission is subsequently confronted with two conflicting judgements from the Court of Appeal; one affirming the powers of the Commission to deregister political events and the opposite setting apart the deregistration of ACD and 22 others.
“Faced with two conflicting judgements from the identical Court, the Commission will not be in a position to decide and choose which one of them to obey.
“Consequently, the Commission will approach the Supreme Court for a final resolution of the issues raised in the two conflicting judgements.”
Okoye noted that in the meantime, the Commission was focused on preparations for the conduct of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections scheduled to hold on Sept. 19, and Oct. 10.
He added that the fee was strictly and methodically following its timetable and schedule of actions derived from the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
“We assure Nigerians and the people of Edo and Ondo States that the Commission is on course and will deliver on its mandate.”
INEC had, on Feb. 6, deregistered 74 political events for his or her incapacity to fulfil necessities for existence primarily based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)
It cited that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) vests in INEC, the ability to register and regulate actions of political events.