A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole in a judgment delivered on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) within 30days.
While describing the judgement as welcome development, the SPN said this confirms its democratic right to a freedom of association as a political party to participate in electoral processes with a socialist programme.
The party called on the INEC to immediately obey the judgement, this was contained in a statement released by the party signed by its National Secretary, Chinedu Bosah.
The SPN has since September 10, 2014 challenged the INEC in court for its undemocratic refusal to register the party despite having fulfilled all constitutional and legal requirements including the payment of INEC-imposed One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00).
According to the statement, “While we welcome the judgement, we hold that it is a sad commentary on the judicial system that a seemingly straight forward case lasted over three years. This is due to the systemic problem in the nation judiciary in addition to delay tactics of the INEC. We call on the government to adequately fund the judicial system and for a democratic control and management of the judiciary.
“SPN extends its gratitude to Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika and the Citipoint Chambers for rendering the legal service at no cost to the party. We equally congratulate all party members, sympathisers and collaborators for their support and steadfastness thus far. This victory is for the long suffering working masses who have been yearning for a viable and genuine political alternative”.