Monday, 8 December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
The Socialist party of Nigeria (SPN) Lagos state chapter on Saturday, November 22, 2014, held a public symposium at NUD primary school, Arumoh Street off Layinka, AjegunleApapa, Lagos.Speaking at the meeting were Segun Sango, (National Chairperson), ChineduBosah, (National Secretary), Dagga Tolar (SPN NEC Member) and other members of SPN.
The symposium was moderated by the SPN Lagos secretary, Moshood Oshunfurewa and was kick-started at about 2:00pm with solidarity songs.
Speaking on the theme: “2015 General Election, the state of the Nation and the way forward,” Segun Sango took time to x-ray the pitiable state of Nigeria socio-economic and political situation and the inevitable need for socialist intervention. With the recent dwindle in international oil price, which is the mainstay of Nigerian economy, Nigerian poor masses should buckle up for more economic hardship from Nigeria capitalist government and its economic strategists as austerity measures will be imposed on the poor masses.
Now, 2015 general election is around the corner without any hope for the poor masses as it will mean the continuation of anti-poor and neoliberal capitalist policies presently implemented by the Jonathan led federal government. More worrisome is the fact that there is no pro-working people political party at moment that can challenge this clueless capitalist government both at national and state government levels come 2015. The farcical and self acclaimed opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is by no means different from the monstrous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ultimately they are all the same substance with different coloration. For instance, all the 36 states Commissionerof Finance irrespective of political party affiliation collectively agreed to the withdrawal of the so-called fuel subsidy. The same goes with the national minimum wage.
The 18,000 Minimum Wage was signed into law in 2011 but as we speak, none of the state government has fully implemented it including the APC state governors. Worst still there is a desperate move by all politicians of all ruling political parties to remove the minimum wage from the exclusive list.
The political discussion provoked questions and contributions from members and contacts present at the meeting. Consequently, all arrived at a conclusion that only a working peoples’political party armed with socialist ideas and policies can deliver Nigeria from its present economic quagmire. This understanding further gave a boost to our commitment in the fight for the registration of SPN which is presently having legal battle with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the later refusal to register us as a political party despite having fulfilled all the constitutional and legal requirements.
Dagga Tolar in his sum-up speech pointed to the challenges of all sectors of the economy before the fall in the oil price in the international market, and now, the living conditions of the working masses is going to be further attacked. He maintained that the only alternative is to build the SPN as a vehicle for election as well as a revolutionary party with genuine working class program.
Twenty six (26) people attended the program and at the end of the event five indicated interest to join the party. Some copies of SPN poster were given them to kick start the campaign of SPN registration in their communities. A sum of three thousand naira was raised as struggle fund.
The symposium ended with solidarity songs.
MoshoodOshunfurewa and ChineduAgbebire
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Hearing in the Suit against INEC at Federal High Court Abuja adjourned until November 27
Register SPN Now!
By SPN Reporters
There were protests today in Nigeria, Germany, Belgium, England and Sweden today, Wednesday November 19, against the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) despite it fulfilling all the legally stipulated requirements, albeit onerous and undemocratic, for registration of a political party.
The SPN was formed by members of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) (CWI Nigeria) together with some trade unionists and activists across Nigeria. The legal and constitutional requirements which have been met include payment of non-refundable administrative fee of N1million (One Million Naira), National Headquarters in Abuja and National Executive Committee (NEC) with members from at least 24 states plus Abuja.
The action in Nigeria, which included circulation of leaflets to motorists and passers-by, took place at the Federal High Court Abuja where the first hearing of the suit filed by the party against the INEC was to be held. The members of SPN also protested with banner and posters demanding the registration of the party and calling on the working people and youths to join the party.
In Sweden, Germany, Belgium and England, members of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the international socialist organization which DSM is affiliated to, held protests at the Nigerian Embassies with copies of the SPN poster and leaflet and submitted protest letters to the country representatives.
The matter at the court has been adjourned until November 27, 2014. As of today INEC has not filed its response to the suit, a tactic aimed at delaying the matter. This is no doubt a continuation of the attempts to prevent the legal existence of a party like SPN that represents the interests and aspirations of working people and poses a socialist alternative to the anti-poor neo-liberal capitalist program of the pro-establishment political parties.
The members of the SPN have resolved to use all legal and democratic means to force the INEC to register the party.
Meanwhile, the legal action against INEC has started attracting media attention. One of the leading national newspapers, the Punch, published the report on its website today. The protesting members of SPN were also interviewed by some journalists at the action in Abuja.
Below are some photos of the actions in Nigeria and Europe.
|Nigerian Embassy Brussels Belgium|
|Nigerian Embassy Brussels Belgium|
|Nigeria High Commission London England|
|Nigerian Embassy Berlin Nigeria|
|Nigerian Embassy Berlin Germany|
|The protest letter slipped through the door after the Nigerian Embassy staff refused to come out to collect it. One staff later came to pick it up|
|Nigerian Embassy Stockholm Sweden|
|Nigerian Embassy Stockholm Sweden|
|Federal High Court Abuja Nigeria|
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
REGISTER SPN NOW
The matter the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has filed to challenge its non-registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) comes up on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Federal High Court Abuja at Court 5. The Suit No is FCH/ABJ/CS/630/2014.
We are praying the court to nullify the action of the INEC and order it to issue us our certification of registration having fulfilled all the legal and constitutional requirements, albeit onerous and undemocratic, for registration as a political party.
The requirements we have fulfilled include payment of non-refundable administrative fee of N1million (One Million Naira), National Headquarters in Abuja and National Executive Committee (NEC) with members from at least 24 states plus Abuja.
The INEC in a letter dated August 12, 2014, which is its response to the application of the SPN for registration as a political party, states that the SPN’s “registration is terminated” on the basis of the purported refusal of our association to allow for the verification of its claims.
The INEC apparently used the expression “registration is terminated” because it failed to process the application of SPN, which was submitted on June 12, 2014, within 30 days as stipulated by Section 78 (3 and 4) of Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
According to this provision of the Electoral Act INEC must process the application of a political association seeking to transform to a political party within 30 days of the receipt of such application. According to this law, unless INEC within the said 30 days informs the association that submitted the application to transform to a political party with reasons why it could not do so, that association has been deemed to be registered as a political party.
We accordingly wrote INEC on July 17 to demand our certificate. Instead of obliging the SPN request, INEC in a letter dated 31 July 2014 now wrote the SPN with information that it was sending a verification team to visit the proposed headquarters of our association on 4 August 2014.
The cited letter was delivered on the evening of August 1 2014 which was a Friday, while the visitation was fixed for the next working day which was Monday 4 August, 2014. The SPN in a letter dated 4 August, 2014 replied INEC letter dated 31 July 2014 stating that the period for processing of SPN application had elapsed but that the National Chairperson and National Secretary could make themselves available if need be for any clarification on SPN application for registration at another date. On the 4 August, 2014, five INEC officials visited the SPN secretariat in Abuja and during the visit took copious photographs of the entire premises within the office.
The foregoing is the background to the erroneous claim of the INEC that we did not submit ourselves for verification.
It is our contention that INEC has refused to register us despite fulfilling all the legally stipulated requirements because we are a party that represents the interest and aspiration of the working people and the poor as enshrined in the manifesto and constitution whose copies were submitted to INEC. The imposition of N1Million administrative fee in the first instance is calculated to prevent existence of pro-masses parties like the SPN that is formed to provide a working people alternative to the anti-poor neo-liberal capitalist program of pro-establishment parties.
The SPN is prepared to doggedly continue to utilise all legal, democratic and political means to agitate for the registration of SPN and ultimately the socialist transformation of Nigeria that would enable Nigeria’s abundant natural economic and human resources to be of primary benefit to the vast bulk of Nigerians.
Segun Sango Chinedu Bosah
National Chairperson National Secretary