The National Working Committee of the Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) in Kogi State has indefinitely suspended its governorship candidate, Mr Philip Koleola, ahead of the supplementary elections on Saturday.
A statement signed by the national chairman of the party, Mr Olusegun Peters, revealed that the suspended candidate got engaged in anti-party activities.
The DPC also disassociated itself from any legal action its suspended candidate would take against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
There is a new political party in Nigeria and the name is Democratic Peoples Congress.
The party has just been registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The electoral body says the new party with the acronym DPC was approved at its last meeting.
The commission also approved the party’s constitution, manifesto, logo and flag as well as the list of its national executive officers.
INEC, however, promised that the Certificate of Registration would be issued to the new party in due course.
The new party brings the number of registered political parties in Nigeria to 29.
The National Chairman of the party, Reverend Olusegun Peters and four others had dragged INEC to court in 2014 for what they called neglect, refusal and failure of the commission to register their party, having satisfied all requirements for registration as a political party as stipulated in the 1999 constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act.
The new party says it will enter into coming elections and is confident about winning future polls.
A court in Abuja has fixed May 30 for judgment in the suit instituted by a political association, Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the commission’s refusal to register it as a political party.
At the resumed hearing of the suit at the Federal High Court on Wednesday presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, a lawyer representing the DPC, Ezekiel Ofou, told the court that the association had fulfilled all requirements necessary for it to be registered as a political party and urged the court to compel INEC to register them.
Lawyer to the electoral body, Ibrahim Bawa, in his submission insisted that the suit was premature as the process of registering the association as political party was on-going when the plaintiffs approached the court.
“The party failed to comply with constitutional requirement, requesting them to submit the relevant documents. they only did that on December 11 and on December 12, they went to court to say we failed to register them. We need to be given the time stipulated by the Electoral Act. The Act says we must be given 30 days,” Mr Bawa said.
The DPC had approached the court asking it to determine, whether it was right for INEC in the conduct of its statutory and constitutional duty to neglect, refuse and fail to register the plaintiffs’ association as a political party, having satisfied all requirements for registration as stipulated by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
The political association is also seeking for a declaration that the association is statutorily qualified for registration as a political party in line with section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act.
They also sought for an order of the court directing the defendant to formally issue the plaintiffs a certificate of registration of their association as a political party.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Democratic People’s Congress has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged failure of the electoral body to register the association as a political party.
Lawyer to the plaintiffs, Mr Ezekiel Ofou, in an originating summon, asked the court to determine, whether it was right for INEC in the conduct of its statutory and constitutional duty to neglect, refuse and fail to register the plaintiff’s association, having satisfied all requirements for registration as a political party as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act.
Reverend Olusegun Peters and 4 others, who are the plaintiffs, are praying the court for a declaration that the refusal of the defendants to register their association as a political party was wrong, unjust, unreasonable, discriminatory, unfair and unconstitutional.
They also want the court to declare that the plaintiff’s association is statutorily deemed to have been registered as a political party pursuant to Section 48 Sub-Section 4 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
Presiding Judge, Gabriel Kolawole, subsequently adjourned the suit to April 2 for hearing.
Another opposition political party, the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), has signified its intention to join the newly formed opposition party coalition, All Progressives Congress (APC). DPP’s entry has further swelled the number of the opposition parties involved in the merger to four, with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) already in the merger.
Addressing Journalists on Wednesday after the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the DPP National Chairman, Major General Bashir S. Magashi (rtd) said the party having analysed the present political development in the country has resolved to close ranks with the other opposition parties to float a merger.
He said the party has decided to set up a merger committee to immediately enter into negotiations with other opposition parties and leaders of APC.