National Chairman of National Conscience Party, NCP, Dr Yunusa Tanko, has expressed confidence that the party will participate in the 2023 general elections despite being deregistered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The electoral body had in February 2020 deregistered 74 political parties, citing poor performance of the parties in the 2019 general elections and court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations as the reason.
But in an interview with journalists in Abuja, the NCP chairman stated that the party will continue to challenge its deregistration in court until justice is served.
While allaying fears that the case in court might affect its membership drive, Dr Tanko assured that the situation will not deter prospective members from joining the party, adding that there are many aspirants already jostling to contest for 2023 elections on the platform of the party.
“There’s a sure banker that NCP will be on the ballot paper to contest for election in 2023. So, there’s no fear in any form because the NCP will continue to challenge its deregistration until it is restored. We will go to court, we will mobilize and already there are pending cases which have given us reason to believe that the party is still on the ground, so we are not shaken,” he stressed.
The NCP chairman who held a meeting with the National Deputy Chairmen of the party from the six geo-political zones at the Abuja national secretariat of the party further hinted that the party has put machinery in place to commence immediate massive mobilization and sensitization from the grassroots in order to improve the membership drive of the party.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the party directed its National Deputy Chairmen, NDC, and all State chapters to commence continuous mobilization from polling units, wards, local government to the national level ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Dr Tanko also hinted that the party is open to alliance or merger with any political party or association that share the same ideology and values with NCP in preparation for the 2023 elections.
“We in the NCP have always believed in alliance and never ascribed the total victory to ourselves alone because we believe that a larger group will make a better success, so we always align.
“So, where there are larger groups who align with us on our programmes, our beliefs, ideology, aspirations, we share with them accordingly. So, whether there’s a merger or alliance, so long as it goes with our program of defending the interest of the people the NCP will always go with it,” he said.

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