Court orders INEC chairman’s arrest over contempt - Current Gist

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Court orders INEC chairman’s arrest over contempt



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A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmoud Yakubu.
Justice Stephen Pam yesterday held that the INEC boss was in disobedience of court order after he failed to appear in person on three previous occasions.
The court had on July 15 ordered Yakubu to appear before it to show cause why he would not be committed to prison for contempt.
The order followed a contempt application by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Ejike Oguebego over the INEC chairman’s refusal to recognize him as the party chairman in Anambra State, as ordered by the Supreme Court in December 2014.
Yakubu had through his counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) pleaded with the court that he was away in Mali leading other electoral officers of ECOWAS on an assignment.
He also informed the court of an appeal challenging the contempt proceedings, saying the INEC boss was not in office when the order was made in 2014.
But the court said the letter by the contemnor dated July 27 contradicted the letter relied by Awomolo, which was dated July 29.
 “It is sad that the contemnor and his senior counsel have chosen not to obey the order of this court in respect of this contempt charge,” he said.
“The contempt of the contemnor to this court can no longer be tolerated and he should not be allowed to continue to take court for a ride.” 
The matter has been adjourned to August 8.

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