HUMAN rights lawyer and
President of Voters Rights
International, Bar. Jezie Ekejiuba,
has dragged the Independent
National Electoral Commission,
INEC, before an Awka Federal
High Court, demanding the
postponement of the Saturday’s
governorship election.
In the suit marked, FHC/
AWK/CS/154/2017, Ekejiuba
said the decision was due to the
Commission’s “disobedience to the
subsisting, extant and live Court
of Appeal decisions/judgment
orders.”
The suit was contained in a letter
addressed to INEC Chairman,
Mahmood Yakubu, which DAILY
POST obtained on Monday.
The letter Ekejiuba signed reads,

“I wish to bring to your attention
the fact that I have sued your
Commission at the Federal High
Court, Awka to enforce the Court
of Appeal decision in Barrister Jezie
Ekejiuba v. INEC & Anor Appeal
No. CA/E/170/2014 pursuant
to the clear provision of Section
287 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of
Nigeria as amended.
“The propriety of your
Commission’s disobedience to the
subsisting, extant and live Court
of Appeal decisions/judgment
orders as contained in my above
Court of Appeal judgment which
have not been stayed or set
aside by any Court of competent
jurisdiction have now been turned
over to the Court for adjudication.
“The Originating Summons Suit
No. FHC/AWK/CS/154/2017
Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba v. INEC
filed in Court on 7th November,
2017 was duly served on your
Commission on 10th November,
2017. The suit coming up
for hearing on Tuesday 14th
November, 2017 before Hon.
Justice I.B. Oweibo sitting at Court
2 is backed up with applications
for interim and interlocutory
injunction.
“I hereby attach the relevant
Court Processes for your
information and necessary action.
I hope that your Commission will
do the needful in the light of the
well-established principle of law
as enunciated in EZEGBU V.
“FATB (1992) 1 NWLR (Part 220)
Page 669 per Niki Tobi JCA (as he
then was) which held…”Parties are
aware of a pending Court Process

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and whether the Court has not
given a specific injunction order,
parties are bound to maintain
the status quo pending the
determination of the Court
Process. They should, on no
account resort to self-help…”
“Because this Court decision
enforcement interpretation
case bore same resemblance
with tenure interpretation
case of Peter Obi v. INEC, it is
my firm belief that all actions
regarding the conduct of any
general election in Nigeria
including the Anambra State
governorship election scheduled
to be conducted on November
18, 2017 or any other date
be suspended or postponed
pending the resolution of the
matter before the Court.”

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