Lawyer asks INEC Chairman to Obey Court Order

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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Lawyer asks INEC Chairman to Obey Court Order

A lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Ugochukwu Osuagwu, has called on the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to obey court order by presenting himself before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on August 14.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Osuagwu pointed out that disobedience to obey court order and disrespect for the judiciary was a call for anarchy.

He said it would be wrong for the Federal Government appointees to be disobeying court orders when the country was under democratic rule.

The lawyer spoke against the background of the order of Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which on August 1, ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and bring Yakubu to court for refusing to obey a valid order court.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, Osuagwu explained that there were three orders issued by Justice Pam requesting that the INEC chairman should appear before him.

The lawyer, who viewed the disobedience of INEC Chairman as the highest form of disrespect to a competent court, noted that the application for stay of proceedings by Yakubu filed before the court was already dismissed by the court.

He said, “With the coming of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act Section 306, there is no more provision for a lawyer or litigant to file an application for stay of proceedings. It has been prohibited.”

Reacting to this development when contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, questioned why Osuagwu should be speaking on matter that was before the court.

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