ARP Chairman backs INEC decision to deregister own party

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

The Chairman of the deregistered African Renaissance Party (ARP), Yahaya Ndu, on Sunday welcomed the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to delist  his political party.

Mr. Ndu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that INEC was right in de-listing the party for operating with no verifiable headquarters and not winning a seat in the National and State assemblies.

He also admitted that composition of National Executive Committee (NEC) of his party did not meet the requirements of Section 223 (1) and (2) of the amended 1999 Constitution.

“It’s true that we no longer have a functional national headquarters, if I say it’s not true I am a liar.

“I don’t play politics of lies, I will prefer to fall on the side of truth than to stand on the side of lie,’’ he said.

Mr. Ndu said that his party would reapply for registration and had begun the process of setting up a new and functional national secretariat.

He advised other de-registered parties to accept INEC’s decision, arguing that the commission acted within the provisions of the law.

“As far as my own party is concerned, the conditions that INEC set, we are no longer fulfilling them and that is why it is deregistering us.

“INEC would not have de-registered the political parties if they have not done something wrong.

“The law which INEC acted on was made more than one year ago and political parties did nothing to change some of the issues which they have been indicted.’’

He recalled that INEC reached out to political parties in July during a meeting in Tinapa Calabar to discuss some issues with the new law.

“All the parties that came for that meeting walked out on INEC, I was the only party chairman that remained,” he said.