The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), said, it will head to the Appeal Court to challenge the decision of the Federal High Court, Kaduna following the dismissal of the suit it filed challenging the action, activity and decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
The NNPP made the assertion at a press conference it organized, yesterday, in kaduna to make public its dissatisfaction against the outcome of the Federal High Court and their intention to head to the Appeal Court.
In a document signed by NNPP Kaduna State Secretary, reads: “The suit was dismissed by the Federal High Court, Kaduna Judicial Division on 22nd November, 2022 on the ground that the suit was statute – barred, as according to the Court, the suit was challenging the erstwhile ward congresses for election of delegates and primary elections of the APC conducted in April and May, 2022 respectively.
For hindsight, NNPP approached the Court on 4th August, 2022 and complaint for the clear noncompliance of the extant laws by the INEC, particularly as regards to its refusal to invoke the provision of Section 29 (1), 84 (5) (8) (13) of the Electoral Act, 2022 against the APC as a political party.
The INEC by its action, decision and activity of the Publication of Personal Particulars of Candidates on 22nd July, 2022 have featured the names of the candidates submitted to it by the APC with the view to contesting against the candidates of the NNPP among other political parties in the 2023 general elections for the elective positions of Kaduna State Governor and whole 34 candidates for membership of Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The NNPP contends that the INEC ought not to include the names of such candidates of the APC in the list, as they have not emerged from valid primaries by considering the fact that the 5 delegates per ward who elected the candidates are not known to the law.