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The Independent National Electoral Commission, has with Friday’s Supreme Court judgement revealed that Nigeria now has only 18 duly registered political parties.

INEC’s Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Danzang, said this while featuring on a Channels Television current affairs programme, “Politics Today,” on Monday.
When asked how many parties were now left in the books of INEC, Danzang said, “As we speak now, we have 18 registered political parties.
“Before the conduct of the 2019 general elections, we had 73 parties that fielded candidates. And in the aftermath of the conduct of the 2019 general elections, and as it is expected by us, by law, whatever a general election is conducted, INEC does an assessment of the performance of the political parties.
“And where the parties are found wanting, for example if they are not able to win any seat at all in the elections, then INEC had the right by law to deregister them.”
Chairman of the Young Democratic Party, Georgina Dakpokpo, who also featured on the programme, however, faulted INEC on the deregistration and its interpretation of the Supreme Court judgment.
Dakpokpo recalled that 50 of the 74 deregistered parties sought redress at the Federal High Court, while only 22 of the approached the Court of Appeal to seek nullification of the judgment by the lower court.
She said, “We will still continue to function as political parties because by the decision of the Court of Appeal, we are still political parties.
“We will continue to operate as political parties pending the final decision of the Supreme Court on INEC’s appeal before them. As of today, we are still very well, legally registered political parties in Nigeria.”
The Supreme Court had on Friday upheld INEC’s deregistration of the NUP, one of the political parties deregistered in 2020 for failing to win any position in the 2019 general elections.
2023: Will Senator Boroffice be fourth time lucky?
Former university don and Asiwaju of Akokoland Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has been elected senator by Ondo North District thrice. Will he be re-elected for the fourth time in 2023? Ask Osagie Otabor
The battle for the Ondo North senatorial seat in the 2023 general elections has begun. Some gladiators are already eyeing the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ondo North is regarded as a no-go area for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu won in all the six local government areas that made up the senatorial in last year’s election with a wide margin. The seat is currently occupied by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who is currently the longest serving Senator in Ondo State. Boroffic, who is a Professor turned – politician was first elected to the Senate in 2011 under the Labour Party (LP). He defected to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in 2012 where he got re-elected again in 2015. In 2019, Boroffice met stiff opposition as Akeredolu supported Tunji Abayomi who contested on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA), but emerged victorious at the polls.
Close aides, however, said Boroffice, the Asiwaju Akoko, is eyeing another slot at the Senate in 2023, but there are other APC chieftains already eyeing his seat.
Ondo North comprises six local government areas. The six local government are divided into the Owo/Ose axis with two local government and the Akoko axis having four local government areas. Senator Boroffice hails from Oka Akoko. There has been political understanding since 1979 between politicians from the Owo/Ose axis and the Akoko axis on sharing political offices especially the governorship and the senatorial seat.
If a governor hails from the Owo/Ose axis, the Akoko axis is expected to produce the senator. When former Governor Adekunle Ajasin got the governorship ticket in 1979, the senatorial seat was zoned to the Akoko axis which saw the election of late Kayode Ogunleye.
In 1999, Chief Adebayo Adefarati from Akoko axis was governor. Ayo Lawreñce from Ose/Owo was the senator representing the zone. Besides Lawrence, the Ose/Owo zone also produced Titus Olupitan and Bode Olajumoke between 1999 and 2011. It was in 2011 that Boroffice broke the jinx, now making him the longest serving Senator in Ondo North.
Akeredolu hails from the Owo/Ose axis. His second term victory has cleared the path for the Akoko axis to produce the next Senator in 2023. Some political pundits are of the view that Senator Boroffice backed Akeredolu second term to pave easy victory for him in 2023.
Analysts are however of the view that Senator Boroffice might not have a easy way back to the Senate in 2023. Those fingered to be eyeing his seat in the ruling APC are a former Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Olabitan, two members of the House of Representatives including Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo representing Akoko North West/North East Federal constituency and Tunji Abayomi. It is also not clear whether any politician from the Ose/Owo axis would refused to respect the political understanding between the Ose/Owo axis and the Akoko axis.
But, Tunji-Ojo, in a recent visit to Senator Boroffice, denied nursing any ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in the 2023 general election.
He said: “I have no interest in contesting for any senatorial position as I am only committed to my primary duty which is to represent my (federal) constituency.
Boroffice, on his part, assured Tunji-Ojo of a renewed mandate to the House of Representatives.
“What you have done so far is impressive and we must ensure the continuity of your mandate as you represent a beacon of hope and good tidings for our people”.
Last week, the Ondo North Frontiers (ONF) accused Boroffice, of marginalising the Owo/Ose axis of the district by concentrating constituency projects in the Akoko axis where he hails from and neglected the Owo/Ose axis.
Spokesman for the group, Comrade Taiwo Arolowo, in a statement issued in Akure, said the Owo/Ose axis could only boast of two water projects, a skill acquisition centre and two primary schools from Senator Boroffice since he was elected in 2011.
Arolowo stated that it was not only Akoko axis comprising four local government areas that gave victory to Boroffice but majority of votes from the Owo/Ose axis.
According to the statement, “We know 2023 is around the corner and we decided to inform the world that Senator Boroffice has been marginalising the Owo/Ose axis of Ondo North senatorial district. This is his third term in the Senate and the projects he has attracted are too few compared to the Akoko axis.
“This press statement is not about politics but to let the world knows our suffering. Akoko axis is not Ondo North. We are all stakeholders in Ondo North and demand equal treatment.”
When contacted for comments, Senator Boroffice said he has done more for the Owo/Ose axis more than his three predecessors from 1999 to 2011.
Boroffice said the construction of a skill acquisition centre in Owo was stopped by a a court injunction.
Boroffice listed other projects he attracted to the Owo/Ose axis to include construction of skill acquisition centre at Ifon, provision of interest free loan to women, Garri processing plant at Ipele, donation of transformers to some communities, erection of classrooms with VIP toilets amongst others.
His words: ” What did Olupitan, Ayo Lawrence and Olajumoke do for them.They are from Owo-Ose axis. You can go and see those projects and judge by yourself.”
Special Adviser to Boroffice on Political Matters, Sunday Aijulu, described the allegations as tissue of lies.
Aijulu said Senator Boroffice has executed more projects than other Senators from Ondo North.
“The allegations are untrue. Go to Ifon, Owo, Ido Ani and other communities. You will see his projects. He recently gave bursary to Owo Polytechnic students. 2023 is coming and they know Senator Boroffice is a strong politician for them.”

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