The national chairman of the opposition party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu (Ikolo Awka), has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of "playing games" with the judiciary.
Nwosu's accusation came on the heels of the recent Supreme Court judgment with regards to the National Unity Party (NUP) case of the de-registered political parties, which he dismissed as "not of much consequence".
The ADC boss said the "NUP really had no case", adding that the Electoral Act actually "empowers INEC to de-registered political parties", a fact, he said, should not be in dispute.
In his reaction to the latest judgment of the nation's apex court in respect of the case instituted before the highest court of the land on the INEC's de-registration of 22 political parties which could not meet its survival criteria, the ADC national chairman told NIGERIAN NEWS-LEADER NEWSPAPER ONLINE that the electoral ombudsman was merely being political on the matter.
Nwosu said that " INEC is playing some tricks and colluding with some party leaders and politicians in an attempt to undermine the court processes which is pitiful. The case to watch and which INEC was trying to use NUP to undermine is that involving 22 political parties.
"My concern is that some government agencies do not respect the court. INEC continues failing to do the needful. By their actions of not respecting and recognizing the Appeal Court ruling reinstating the 22 political parties, INEC sends the wrong signals. The Appeal Court judgment did not in any way try to take away the power of INEC to regulate and deregister parties if needed. But the appeal court says that INEC, like a responsible agency, should follow due procedures in dispensing their work.
"It is scandalous that INEC should involve itself in peddling anti-party news and be desperate in its bid to thwart and scorn the judiciary. The truth is that majority of the political appointees are pushing the agendas of their godfathers. Politicians running INEC is a big problem and must be reviewed for our democracy to experience a breath of fresh and quality air.
"So INEC knows the game they are playing. They want to own and manipulate political parties and IPAC the way they want and abuse other institutions as they wish", the ADC Chairman stated. NNL.