Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, failed to honour a court order directing him to appear in court or risk going to jail.

Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, failed to honour a court order directing him to appear in court or risk going to jail.inec-450x470.jpg Justice Stephen Pam of the Taraba division of the Federal High Court but sitting in Abuja on the directives of the Chief Judge of the court gave the order on July 5

. INEC National Chairman, Mahamood Yakubu  At the resumed hearing, counsel to Yakubu, Mr Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) told the court that it was the right of a respondent to decide if he wanted to be heard during vacation. Awomolo said that he had not consented to his case been heard during the court’s vacation. “There is also no affidavit of urgency stating that the case needs to be urgently heard. I also want to notify the court that I have filed an appeal against the ruling. ” I have also filed an application praying further hearing to be stopped until the appeal is heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.” The senior lawyer added that in any case, he was not in the right frame of mind to argue the matter because he had lost his mother and wanted to go and bury her. Mr Chris Uche, (SAN) counsel to the other party Mr Ejike Oguebego, however, said that the chief judge in the exercise of his administrative discretion, agreed to having the matter heard during the vacation. “Order 46(5) of the court rules that govern vacation has two arms and it makes room for a case to be heard during vacation except on a Sunday or public holiday. ” Where the action is urgent or where the parties apply, and in this case, given the nature of the case, the chief judge applied his administrative discretion in our favour. “This is a preelection matter which started since 2014, what could be more urgent,” he wondered. Justice Pam in a short ruling said that court orders must be obeyed and counsel must ensure that their clients obeyed them. “Counsel must desist from making their clients disregard orders of court. Consistent disregard of orders of court amount to contempt of court.

” An applicant cannot while continuing to be in contempt of court, seek the court’s favour.” According to the judge, the fiat issued by the chief judge to hear this matter during vacation is still subsisting and the case will go on during the vacation. “The contemnor must appear in person before this court on the next adjourned date.” He adjourned the matter until Aug. 1 to allow Awomolo go and bury his mother.

It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had in Jan. 2016 declared the list of candidates submitted by the Ken Emekayi led faction of the Anambra PDP, illegal. That pronouncement emanated from a suit filed by the Ejike Oguebego faction  on behalf of themselves and others including Mr Chris Uba.

 

The suit was for the apex court to determine who were the legal and validly nominated candidates of the party to stand for the last general elections for the party in the state. Going by the ruling, the list of nominated party candidates in the 2015 general election from the Oguebego-led executive of the Anambra PDP was the only one to be recognised by  INEC. In the list, Chris Uba, John Emeka and Annie Okonkwo were said to be the duly nominated senatorial candidates for Anambra South, Central and North in the March 28, 2015 general election. Similarly, Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court, Abuja, had in 2017 ordered INEC and its chairman to appear before it to answer to contempt proceedings pending against them.

Justice Tsoho gave the order in hisruling on arguments on whether or not the physical presence of INEC and its chairman was necessary for the court to determine the contempt proceedings. The proceedings were initiated against them by Oguebego and Chuks Okoye – Chairman and Legal Adviser of PDP in Anambra.(NAN)

 

Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), has said that Nigeria needs a generational shift in governance and not a coalition of the “same old career politicians”.

According  to SaharaReporters! Kingsley-Moghalu-1062x598 Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), has said that Nigeria needs a generational shift in governance and not a coalition of the “same old career politicians”.

Moghalu said this on Tuesday while reacting to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the Reformed All Progressive Congress (R-APC) and 37 other political parties to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) questioned the need for the coalition, saying the country needs a paradigm shift in governance and “a regrouping of the booted out PDP and members of the failed APC will not achieve that”.

He said: “Things are falling apart and the centre cannot hold. The shifting allegiances of the same old faces and the same old career politicians will mean the same old problems for Nigeria.

“Our long-suffering masses now need something new, something different, and something bold if we have truly learnt the lessons of 2015. Remember, another coalition brought the APC into the presidency.”

Moghalu said th the “disastrous” performance of the ruling party coupled with the PDP-led MoU and the “disastrous” performance of the APC have opened the path for a “real transformative third force and generational shift which a Kingsley Moghalu presidency would represent for Nigeria”.

“I seek to heal our country and build a nation, to move our masses from poverty and unemployment to jobs and prosperity, and restore our standing in the world with a plan set out in my new book: Build, Innovate and Grow (BIG),” he added. “The politicians have always won. It is time for the people to win in 2019!”

The protracted hostility between the Nigeria Police and Peace Corps resurfaced on Tuesday morning in Abuja, as policemen fired gunshots and teargas canisters during a protest in the federal capital, injuring one of the members of the corps.

 

The protracted hostility between the Nigeria Police and Peace Corps resurfaced on Tuesday morning in Abuja, as policemen fired gunshots and teargas canisters during a protest in the federal capital, injuring one of the members of the peace Screen-Shot-2018-05-15-at-10.57.10-AM-e1526378686149.pngcorps

The placard-carrying protesters were marching to their office as part of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the corps and were chanting anti-government songs.

The Peace Corps officers were cladded in black T-shirts with inscriptions such as ‘We Cry!’ ‘We Regret!’ ‘We Mourn The Rule of Law’.

They stormed the headquarters of the corps to express their displeasure with the continuous sealing of their office, which has been on for close to a year.

The peaceful rally was led by the National Commandant of the Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, but it was disrupted by armed policemen who arrived in commando style, shooting live bullets and firing teargas canisters sporadically.

One of the members of the corps was shot in the leg and was rushed to hospital, while many were unconscious following the inhalation of the teargas.

As of time of filing this report, the standoff was continuing, the Police sending for reinforcement and the corps officers vowing not leave premises.

Culled from SaharaReporters