The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday announced the registration of 21 new political parties in the country.
The parties are – All Blending Party, All Grassroots Alliance, Alliance for New Nigeria, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Coalition for Change, Freedom and Justice Party, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria and Justice Must Prevail Party.
Others include: Legacy Party of Nigeria, Mass Action Joint Alliance, Modern Democratic Party, National Interest Party, National Rescue Mission, New Progressives Movement, Nigeria Democratic Congress Party, People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty, People’s Trust, Providence People’s Congress, Re-Build Nigeria Party, Restoration Party of Nigeria and Sustainable National Party.
This development brings the number of political parties in the country to 67.
The INEC National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu, also disclosed in a statement that the Commission has sacked three of its staff over their alleged role in the double registration of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
INEC, however, said it could not take any action against the governor as he still enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.