The President of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, Chief Peter Ameh, says the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ignored the unanimous declaratory Judgment of the Court of Appeal decision in de-registration of political parties.
In a statement signed by the IPAC National Legal Adviser, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika states that the unanimous Judgement delivered by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem remains a declaratory Judgment to which stay of execution can not be sought for or obtained by INEC.
It explains that the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, declared unequivocally that the de-registration of the affected political parties by INEC remains illegal, unconstitutional and void and violates the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“It is indeed of great concern that since the Judgement of the Court of Appeal was delivered, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has deliberately failed, neglected and refused to abide by the Court Judgment, in immediately reenlisting the political parties”
The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, under High Chief Peter Ameh, is indeed concerned over the protracted impunity and disdain with which INEC handles substantive Orders and Judgments from Courts of competent jurisdiction.
According to the statement the Council shall, without further delays, take the necessary legal action to ask their Lordships to compel the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to show course why he (Mahmood Yakubu) should not be committed to prison for this class disobedience and disregard for the Rule of Law.
“The President of the Court of Appeal clearly declared that the de-registration of political parties by INEC was illegal and consequently proceeded to set aside, such illegal de-registration as the action was taken during the pendency of the Suit at trial Court”
The statement therefore called on all Council members and all Nigerians to believe and have faith in the nation’s democracy and as well as in our great Country, Nigeria.
“As we continue in the struggle to liberate our Nation from arbitrariness and autocracy, we shall not be deterred to fight for and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and more specifically, our fundamental rights as enshrined and contained therein”