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2002: APGA, UNPP and NDP registered.

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On this day 23rd June 2002, APGA, UNPP and NDP registered as political parties by INEC.  We will recall that three parties [AD, PDP and A(N)PP] had been given full registration on December 14, 1998 under Justice Ephraim Akpata’s INEC regime.  Three additional ones [APGA, UNPP and NDP] were registered by Guobadia’s INEC on June 23, 2002.   This led to significant protests by the unregistered parties, led by NCP’s Gani Fawehinmi, that landed everyone before the Supreme Court.  Following that apex body’s favorable ruling (of November 8; followed by a clerical error correction of November 21) which eventually forced INEC’s hand to register more parties, out of 29 or so additional parties that then sought registration, 24 were eventually registered on December 3, 2002, and then 2 more on December 17, 2002.

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