Nigeria Gets 19th Political Party as INEC Recognises New Youth-focused Platform

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th political party in Nigeria.

The recognition followed a Supreme Court order overturning the party’s deregistration before the 2023 general election.

INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, July 20.

His words:

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today, Thursday, July 20, 2023, and, among other issues, deliberated on the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the deregistration of the Youth Party (YP) as a political party,” Okoye stated.

“It will be recalled that the Youth Party (YP) was registered on August 16 2018, by virtue of the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on October 16 October 16 2017.”

Politics Nigeria recalls that YP was among the 74 political parties delisted by INEC in 2020 following their poor performances in the 2019 general elections.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, had said the 74 political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitutional Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

However, Some political parties, including YP, filed lawsuits against INEC for the decision.

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