The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to jail the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prof Mahmood Yakubu, by filing contempt proceedings against him.
This came after INEC refused to grant Atiku and the PDP access to electoral materials used in the conduct of the February 23 election, as ordered by the Court of Appeal on March 6.
Atiku accused INEC of being bias, and spreading falsehood, is likely to press contempt charge against the electoral body next week.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome, told This Day that all efforts to implement the order of the Court of Appeal were frustrated by the uncooperative stance of INEC.
According to the senior lawyer, “They have refused to cooperate with the Atiku legal team by making accessible to them ballot papers, electoral materials and other devices used during the election, which the Court of Appeal, Abuja ordered them to give to Atiku nearly two months ago.
“If that be the case, they will likely force the Atiku legal team to issue forms 48 and 49 against INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to be imprisoned for contempt of court because that is the only weapon in the hands of a person who had secured the order of a court, which is being violated with impunity just as INEC is currently doing.”
“INEC had before, during and after the election maintained that they have a central server, which results from polling units will be transmitted electronically.
“It is on U-tube, online videos, newspapers, social media and others, yet the same INEC is suddenly filing a reply denying this thing.”