Seventy four Political Parties led by the Advance Congress of Democrats (ACD), Alliance Of Social Democrats (ASD), Change Advocacy Party (CAP), Save Nigeria Congress (SNC) have challenged The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) before a Federal High Court, Asaba over their exclusion in the March 6, 2021 local government election in Delta State.
In an originating summons with suit case No FHC/ASB/CS/4/21, filed before the court by Mr Kelechi Nnadi, counsel for the political parties, the state chairman of Change Advocacy Party (CAP) prayed the court for an injunction to compel INEC and DSIEC to cancel all primaries conducted in the state until their parties are included in the ballot
The 74 political parties asked the court to determine, among other things “whether in the light of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja judicial division dated, 10 August, 2020 in Appeal No CA/ABJ/CV/507/2020, setting aside the deregistration of the plaintiffs and ordering the relisting of the plaintiffs, among others in the register of political parties, the INEC and DSIEC can lawfully exclude the parties and their candidates from participating in the Delta State local government elections.
While making his submission, counsel for the political parties, Kelechi Nnadi, told the court that he only got the reply of DSIEC late Wednesday from E. F. James-Oru, counsel for DSIEC and needed time to study and respond.
He then pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter.
After listening to the plaintiffs’ counsel, the presiding judge, Justice T. B. Adegoke adjourned the case till February 15, 2021 for hearing.