The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificates to the five newly-registered political parties.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja told leaders of the parties that commission would extend all rights and privileges to the newly-registered political parties as enshrined in the electoral act and INEC regulations and guidelines.
Yakubu said INEC will monitor the activities of all political parties and apply sanctions when necessary.
“You must eschew the politics of division, mudslinging and hatred. You must also be inclusive in all your activities by giving opportunity to citizens especially women, youth and persons with disabilities.”
In a remark, the chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji Mohammed Lawal called for collaboration among various political parties.
“It’s a good development registering more political parties, but it is also very good to consider how they will be able to make it easier for electorates when it comes to voting. I’m sure that if the list is too long, it will be very difficult for electorates to make a very good choice.”
The new political parties are Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Democratic People Movement (ADPM), Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Niger Generation Party of Nigeria (NGPN), and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).