Lagos - The National Conscience Party (NCP), on Sunday, advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to concern itself with the provision of a credible electoral process in the next general elections.
Malam Yunusa Tanko, the National Chairman of the party, gave the advice at a news conference in Lagos.
The advice was in reaction to the court order restraining INEC from deregistering the party.
According to Tanko, the NCP is the foremost political party in the country.
The NCP and one of its members, Mr Tunde Agunbiade, had on Sept. 16, 2011 filed a suit to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of Section 78(7)(ii) of the Electoral Act 2010.
The section empowers INEC to de-register political parties for failure to win a sit in the National Assembly or State House of Assembly.
``INEC as an umpire should be more concerned about issues of rigging, monetisation, and provision of level playing field for all political parties during elections.
``All these are among other sundry factors militating against the victory of opposition parties during elections.’’
Tanko lamented that INEC had not met with political parties to know their challenges.
``Without political parties, there will be no INEC.’’
The party chief expressed sadness with the manner at which INEC treated political parties.
``We wish to state that political parties are not appendages of the INEC and as such, they (parties) should be treated with decorum and a measure of respect.’’
Tanko expressed happiness that the court granted the party, a stay of execution, saying truly the judiciary was the hope of the common person.
``We have hope in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man in this country.
``The NCP believes in the rule of law and we remain resolute and dogged in the pursuit of the said suit to a logical conclusion.
``This is the inherited legacy of our founder, Gani Fawehinmi.’’
Tanko called on other political parties to join hands with NCP as co-plaintiffs in the pursuit of the case, noting that ``injury to one was injury to all’’.