Politics Anambra Crisis: INEC Chairman Risks Jail Term



The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, may be jailed over the lingering crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.

According to New Telegraph, the court has, however, issued a notice of Consequence of Disobedience to Court Order, otherwise known as Form 48 on Yakubu. Also served with the notice are the Commission’s Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu and its Director of Legal Services, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN).

The acknowledgement copy of the Form 48 from INEC reads: Take notice that 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 the plaintiff), you will be guilty of contempt of court, and you will be liable to be committed to prison.


Despite the order of the court, the electoral body went ahead to accept nomination from the caretaker committee, which produced Andy Uba and Stella Oduah as senators from Anambra State. Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, the legal adviser of the party in the state, went back to the court to file Form 48. In the Form 48, dated February 18, 2016 and signed by the Registrar of the court, the court warned the electoral body on the consequence of disobedience to its order of the court.

- New Telegraph