A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has issued a stern directive to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, and the former factional Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye.
The order, issued by Justice Mohammed Madugu on Thursday, mandated the two individuals to promptly comply with a court order within a 14-day timeframe, warning of legal consequences should they fail to do so.
The court order emerged from a committal proceeding (Form 49) based on a motion on notice, bearing the reference FCT/HC/CV/4068/2023. Otunba Camaru Lateef Ogidan, the National Vice Chairman of the South West Geopolitical Zone of APGA, and Alhaji Rabiu Mustapha, the National Welfare Officer of APGA, initiated the motion.
They are members of the APGA National Working Committee elected during the APGA Owerri Convention of May 31, 2019, under the leadership of Chief Edozie Njoku, the National Chairman of APGA.
The applicants requested that the court take punitive action against the INEC Chairman and Oye for allegedly disobeying a valid court order issued on May 10. The order had restrained Oye and APGA from organizing wards, local governments, state congresses, and conventions.
Legal representatives Michael Ajara and Panam Ntui filed the motion on behalf of the aggrieved APGA officials.
Justice Madugu emphasized that the INEC Chairman and Oye had not appealed the order issued on May 10, confirming their contempt of court. He highlighted that flouting a court order undermines the integrity and authority of the judiciary, condemning the act as an affront to the sanctity of the court.
In light of this, Justice Madugu explicitly instructed the first respondent, Oye, and the second respondent, the INEC Chairman, to purge themselves of contempt of court within 14 days. Failure to comply would result in facing the full consequences of the law, as declared by the court.
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