Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed October 23, for commencement of hearing in the suit instituted by Presidential candidate of National Action Council (NAC), Mr Olapade Agoro, against Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Agoro, in the suit with number FHC/ABJ/05/782/18, is praying the court to compel INEC to disqualify ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Social Democratic Party (SDP) from participating in the 2019 general elections.
With this development, the fate of both incumbent President Muhammodu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in participating in the 2019 Presidential elections, may be hanging on the balance.
It would be recalled that Buhari emerged as Presidential candidate of APC in Abuja last Saturday, while Atiku clinched PDP presidential ticket during a keenly contested primary of the party, which took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, also last Saturday.
However, in the suit pending before the Abuja Federal High Court 9, Agoro wants INEC to deregister APC, PDP, and SDP ahead of the 2019 general election, over various cases of corruption.
Agoro while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, insisted that all political parties whose members have been caught in corruption cases should not be allowed in the country's electoral system.
He maintained that his action was in line with "provision of section 15 subsection (5) of amended constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria that states thus: That state shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power".
He said, "That unless my prayers brought before this honourable court are answered positively, the democratic processes of Nigeria shall never be free of the evils of corruption.
"That the electioneering process of Nigeria under the present clime of money in politics shall never allow the best materials and characters to emerge for the future of our good people and positive development of our nation.
"That the matter I brought before the court is fighting the cause of truth, justice and honesty. We have started the revolution against corruption. We can't continued to keep silence".