Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Anambra INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu Faces Jail

Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu

The lingering Anambra senatorial election 
crisis that sacked Andy Ubah
and Stella Oduah could lead to the prosecution
 of the INEC Chairman following a problem of lack
 of adherence to court orders.The Chairman of the
 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, may be jailed over the l
ingering crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party 
(PDP) in Anambra State.According to New 
Telegraph, the court has, however, issued a notice of 
Consequence of Disobedience to Court Order, 
otherwise known 
as Form
 48 on Yakubu. Also served with the notice are the 
Commission’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu and its 
Director of Legal Services, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN).
The acknowledgement copy of the Form 48 from INEC 
reads:“Take notice that unless you obey the directions
 contained in the order of the honourable court attached
 to this Form (in particular the 5th Order restraining you 
from acting on list of nominated candidates except those 
that emanate from the plaintiff), you will be guilty of 
contempt of court, and you will be liable to be committed
 to prison.”Despite the order of the court, the electoral 
went ahead to accept nomination from the caretaker
 committee, which produced Andy Uba and Stella 
as senators from Anambra State. Oguebego and 
Chuks Okoye, the legal adviser of the party in the
 state,went back to the court to file Form 48.In the
 Form 48, dated February 18, 2016 and signed by 
the Registrar.


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