INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said the electoral body is going ahead with the conduct of Anambra Central Senatorial rerun polls coming up on Saturday.

The INEC chairman, on Wednesday, said the decision to conduct the rerun poll despite an opposing judgement from the Federal High court was to respect the provision of the Nigerian Constitution which states that the verdict of a superior court should be given priority over the subordinate one.

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Speaking with Daily Trust, Yakubu said: “When we were served the order of the Appeal Court to proceed with the Anambra election, the commission issued a statement to say that the election will hold in January 13, 2018. Since then, the commission hasn’t issued any statement to say that election won’t hold. So, as far as we are concerned, the election will hold. We are going by the order of the Court of Appeal which is superior to the Federal High Court.

“Section 28 (7) of the Constitution is very clear. The courts are creation of the constitution and they have hierarchy. Subsection 1 says that a judgment of the Supreme Court shall be obeyed by all authorities and persons in the federation of Nigeria and all subordinate courts. Subsection 2 says the same thing- all authorities and courts subordinate to the Court of Appeal. Then, Subsection 3 talks about High Courts, Customary Courts, Industrial Courts and all other courts.

“So, we have hierarchy of courts. Once you have the judgement of a superior court, you are duty bound to obey that judgement over and above the judgement of a High Court. Our position hasn’t changed on that matter. We are going to proceed on the election on the basis of the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

“The election is holding on Saturday. Some of the national commissioners to supervise the election are already on their way to Awka. So, we will go and conclude the only outstanding court ordered rerun election from 2015.”