A call has gone out to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prove it’s integrity by obeying various court orders concerning parties contesting in the 2023 general election.
Naija News reports the National Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), Dr Adekunle Rufai Omoaje, made the call when he disclosed how INEC has refused to tend to court rulings sent to the commission concerning the issues of candidates submitted by some political parties.
Omoaje noted that INEC and it’s chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, should prove the integrity of the commission by obeying the various court orders presented to the electoral body by some parties.
His reaction is against the backdrop that the party is yet to receive a nod from INEC to upload its candidates for the 2023 general elections on the electoral umpire’s portal despite sending court judgements that ordered the commission to do so.
He noted that “We had on the 12th day of August 2022 forwarded to INEC the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division in which the Court of Appeal affirmed the expulsion/suspension of Barrister Kenneth Udeze from the party, Action Alliance.”
The Action Alliance national chair also claimed that the party on 6 October 2022, forwarded another judgment of the Federal High Court Abeokuta delivered on 8 September 2022 to the commission.
Omoaje explained, in a statement, that the above judgment of the Federal High Court Abuja was appealed by the Kenneth Udeze faction of the Action Alliance in the appeal Action Alliance Vs. INEC 2 Ors, appeal number CA/IB/378/2022, noting that the Court of Appeal on 11 November 2022 affirmed the expulsion of Kenneth Udeze.
He, however, disclosed that again
on November 4, 2022, the party forwarded another judgment of the Federal High Court Abeokuta which had directed that INEC should allow the Omo-Aje executives to upload its candidates for the 2023 general elections.
But despite all the court documents sent to INEC, Omoaje bemoaned that the commission has yet to respond, adding that the elections are already very close but the party hasn’t uploaded its candidates for the 2023 elections on the INEC portal.
He, therefore, called on INEC to give the party a go ahead to upload it’s candidates, saying the party like any other political party with judgments from the court would ensure that INEC obeys such court orders and do the needful for free and fair elections to take place in 2023.
This article was originally published on Naija News