The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election Atiku Abubakar has threatened to pursue the imprisonment of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu by filing contempt proceedings against him.
Concise News understands that this followed the alleged refusal of INEC to allow Atiku and the PDP have access to electoral materials used in the conduct of the election, as ordered by the Court of Appeal.
Atiku, this news medium understands, is likely to press contempt charge against the electoral body next week.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on March 6 ordered INEC to allow Atiku and his party to inspect and obtain Certified True Copy (CTC) of election materials it used in the conduct of the presidential election.
According to Atiku’s camp, INEC has not complied with the Atiku legal team leaving them with no choice but to seek the committal of Yakubu to prison for disobedience to a valid order of court.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome, said attempts to implement the order of the Court of Appeal were frustrated by INEC.
“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,” he told This Day.
“They have bluntly refused to do this. Every day we send lawyers there, they would not cooperate.
“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.”