The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday validated the deregistration of 32 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Anwuli Chikere upheld the deregistration, dismissing the suit filed by the parties against INEC.
The judge said the commission rightly deregistered the parties in accordance with the provision of section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The political parties were among the 74 that were deregistered by the INEC on February 6, 2020, on the grounds of abysmal performance at the 2019 general elections.
The parties had approached the court last year to restrain INEC from carrying out the exercise.
The same judge had in February restrained INEC from acting on the notice deregistering the 32 political parties, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Among the affected 32 political parties are Advanced Congress of Democrats, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, All Blending Party, All Grand Alliance Party, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic People’s Congress, Freedom and Justice Party, and Green Party of Nigeria.