…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led by Edozie Njoku, has taken legal action against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and APGA Chairman, Victor Oye.
They have been accused of disregarding a valid court order.
The committal charges were filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Bwari.
Committal Charges Filed Against INEC Chairman and APGA Chairman:
The committal charges, filed as a motion on notice with reference FCT/HC/CV/4068/2023, were initiated by Camaru Lateef Ogidan (the factional National Vice Chairman, South West geopolitical zone of APGA) and Alhaji Rabiu Mustapha (the factional National Welfare Officer of APGA).
Both are members of the APGA National Working Committee (NWC) under Edozie Njoku’s leadership.
Violation of Court Order:
The Form 49, dated June 2, 2023, which has been served on INEC and Oye, requires them to appear in court and explain why they should not be imprisoned for disobeying a restraining order issued by the court on May 10, 2023.
Justice Mohammed Madugu of the FCT High Court, Bwari, had instructed the parties involved in the case to maintain the status quo ante bellum until the notice of preliminary objection filed on May 9, 2023, was heard.
APGA National Convention Conducted Despite Court Order
Notwithstanding the court order, Victor Oye proceeded with a series of political meetings that ultimately led to the congresses and national convention of APGA, which took place on May 31.
Lateef Ogidan and Rabiu Mustapha, as representatives of the Njoku faction, contested the validity of these actions.
INEC’s Failure to Recognize Edozie Njoku as National Chairman:
According to a statement by Ben Okoro, the National Administrative Secretary of APGA, the Supreme Court had provided INEC with the enrollment order of its judgment on April 5, 2023.
However, INEC, under the leadership of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has failed to acknowledge Edozie Njoku as the legitimate national chairman of APGA, as directed by the court’s consequential orders.
Okoro expressed concern over INEC’s conduct, emphasizing its power to defy a Supreme Court ruling and unilaterally appoint a national chairman for any political party.
INEC’s Alleged Subversion of the Constitution:
The statement further criticized INEC for engaging in subversive activities against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The commission, established by law and funded by taxpayers’ money, is accused of disregarding its responsibilities and acting against the nation’s constitutional framework.
The APGA faction, led by Edozie Njoku, has initiated committal charges against INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and APGA Chairman Victor Oye for violating a court order.
The court had instructed the parties involved to maintain the status quo, but Oye proceeded with political activities, including the national convention of APGA.
The factional members assert that INEC, under Yakubu’s leadership, has disregarded court orders and acted in a manner that undermines the Nigerian constitution.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn