The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recognized the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th political party in Nigeria.
The decision was made following a Supreme Court ruling that set aside the YP’s deregistration by INEC in 2020.
A National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye revealed this in a Press release on Thursday evening.
The YP was initially registered in 2018, but it was deregistered by INEC in accordance with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The YP challenged its deregistration in court, and the Supreme Court ruled in its favor in July 2023.
As a result of the Supreme Court ruling, the YP has been reinstated as a political party in Nigeria.
The YP is now eligible to participate in all future elections in Nigeria.
The YP’s recognition as a political party is a victory for the party and its supporters. Observers may see also see this as a sign that the Nigerian judiciary is committed to upholding the rule of law.
The YP’s recognition as a political party could have a significant impact on the political landscape in Nigeria. The party is seen as a voice for young people in Nigeria, and its participation in future elections could help to increase youth voter turnout.
The YP’s recognition as a political party is also a sign of the growing diversity of the Nigerian political landscape. The party is one of several new political parties that have emerged in Nigeria in recent years.
These new parties are challenging the dominance of the traditional political parties in Nigeria, and they could play a role in future elections.