Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Anambra State has filed a notice of contempt charge against the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over alleged persistent disobedience to the Supreme Court judgment that resolved the leadership of PDP crisis in the state.
The notice of contempt was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Ejike Oguebego leadership which last month secured the Supreme Court verdict as the authentic PDP Executive Committee for the state.
In the notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court otherwise known as Form 48, the INEC chiefs were warned that unless they obeyed the court order on the authenticity of the Anambra State Executive Committee led by Mr. Ejike Oguebego, they will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison for two years.
The listed INEC chiefs on the contempt notice are the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu and the Director of Legal Services, Mr. Ibrahim K. Bawa, SAN.
The notice, dated February 18, 2016 and signed by the Registrar, Federal High Court Registry read in part: “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 Plaintiffs), you will be guilty of Contempt of Court, and you will be liable to be committed to prison.
The INEC chiefs were alleged to have refused to stop giving recognition to the list of candidates nominated for the 2015 general elections in Anambra State by a group already declared a legal and unlawful by both Federal High Court in 2014 and the Supreme Court last month.
Plaintiffs in the court action are Hon. Ejike Oguebego and Hon. Chuks Okoye, the chairman and legal adviser of the PDP exco in Anambra State respectively, who on behalf of themselves and other members of the exco challenged their unlawful dissolution and the setting up of the care taker committee of one Chukwudi Okasia by PDP National Secretariat.
Justice Evoh Steven Chukwu of the Federal High Court had in December 5, 2014 granted order of perpetual injunction restraining PDP and its agents, privies, assigns and officials whatsoever name they may be called, from forwarding, sending or submitting to INEC any delegate’s list or nominated candidates that may emerge from the congresses or primaries conducted by the purported caretaker committee set up by PDP Anambra State Chapter except those that emanate from the Plaintiff’s congress and primaries.
The Judge also granted order of perpetual injunction against the INEC, its agents, servants, privies, assigns, officials whatsoever name they may be called from accepting or receiving any delegate list or nominated candidates that may emerge from the congresses or primaries conducted by the caretaker committee set up by the PDP Anambra State Chapter except those that emanate from the Plaintiff’s.
The Court had set aside the caretaker committee set up by PDP for Anambra State on the ground that the action of the party was in flagrant disobedience and contempt of the court made by Justice Chukwu and re-affirmed in the Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/680/2014 involving Mr. Ken Emeakayi Vs PDP.
The decision of the Federal High Court was affirmed by the Supreme Court in the judgment delivered by Justice John Inyang Okoro last month in Abuja.
By implications, the current National Assembly and State Assembly Members may forfeit their seats having been nominated for the 2015 general election by the caretaker committee that just been declared illegal and unlawful by various courts.
Prominent among the senators that may be caught in the execution of the judgment are Mr. Andy Uba and Princess Stella Adaeze Odua as well as 9 other House of Representatives Members from Anambra State.


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