A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed October 20 to deliver judgment in the suit brought before it by some political parties challenging the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue to de-register them despite an order by the court voiding it.
The court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola fixed the date for judgment after adoption of all necessary court papers by counsel in the matter.
The plaintiffs through their counsel, Ambrose Owuru, is asking the court to declare that INEC is not entitled to further funding and or donations from foreign donor countries until it guarantees due compliance to acceptable democratic norms to obeying court orders.
and financial accountability to previously donated foreign tax payers funds and undertaking to conduct a free and fair election devoid of partisanship.
The plaintiffs, Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Change Advocacy Party (CAP) and Centre for Public Probity Studies are further asking the court for a declaration that the continued exclusion of the plaintiffs in the preparations and plans towards the 2015 general elections is discriminatory, unlawful and wrongful.
Other reliefs sought by the plaintiffs are an order directing INEC to publish and account for previous donated funds and their uses in the conduct of a free and fair elections and the payment to the plaintiffs all outstanding arrears to date.