Abuja - The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has urged political parties to observe the rules and guidelines set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to avoid de-registration.
The National Secretary of the council, Yinusa Tanko, made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
"Politicians should adhere to INEC guidelines by making sure that they conduct their conventions on time and ensure that their state secretariat is functioning.
"INEC is doing its part in order to ensure that all political parties followed the laid down rules, its now left for the political parties to justify their existence.
"Once a political party cannot follow the tenets, it has no business in politics in the first place, INEC does not just de-register them for no reason,’’ he said.
Tanko urged political parties to contribute their quota to ensure smooth democratic dispensation, saying that de-registration was necessary to avoid mediocrity.
Tanko said the synergy between political parties and INEC had enhanced sound political dispensation in several ways.
"We need the help of INEC to do things right so that if we are going wrong, it can quickly caution us as there are rules guiding every organisation.