Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Okotie Berates AGF Over Suit On De Registration Of Party

Chris Okotie

Presidential candidate of Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) in the 2011 general elections, Rev. Chris Okotie, has accused the federal government of ploting against his participation in the country's political process by stalling the suit challenging the de-registration of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission last December.

The clergy, who spoke at the resumed hearing of his suit in Abuja, accused the Attorney General of the Federation and INEC of employing delay tactics to shut his party from participation in current local council election in parts of the country.

Okorie, who spoke through his counsel, Fred Agbaje, berated the office of the AGF and INEC of deliberately frustrating the case in court.

Counsels from the AGF office had sought adjournment pleading that they needed time to prepare for the case.

Okotie is challenging the de-registering his party describing it as a violation of the 1999 constitution.

He is seeking a declaration that the party has satisfied all the conditions and requirement of a political party as stipulated under the Electoral Act 2010 and therefore is an extant political party in Nigeria.

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