The Nigerian Senate, has hinted its plan to reduce the number of registered political parties in Nigeria from 91 to 5 as maximum.
The Nigerian Senate, made this known on Wednesday 9 October, while on a meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led its chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
The Senate further expressed dissatisfaction over the huge number of political parties fielding candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Speaking at the meeting, was the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who proposed that the virtue of the Electoral Act, any political parties, which failed to win a seat in the general elections should be deregistered.
On his part, chairman of the Senate committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC Kano South) said: “Those parties that didn’t perform shouldn’t be on the ballot. The existing electoral act as amended has precluded the participation of parties that didn’t perform in the last elections. “We need to amend the act to reduce the political parties to a maximum of five. This committee is really committed to reducing the number of political parties to save taxpayers money.”
Responding, the INEC chairman said that the commission was in a dilemma to take decisive action to deregister political parties as a result of pending electoral litigations which could alter its judgement. “The commission had systematically deregistered many parties under the electoral act. But the parties insisted that the electoral act is inferior to the constitution,” Professor Yakubu told the senators.