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INEC must obey court orders if it’s serious about 2023 elections – Action Alliance

 

The Action Alliance, AA, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to comply with the various orders of courts directing the electoral body to take a decision in respect of conflicts over candidates submitted by some political parties.


Dr Adekunle Rufai Omoaje, national chairman of the party stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna on Sunday.


According to him: “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.”


He added that the party on the 6th day of October 2022, forwarded another judgment of the Federal High Court Abeokuta delivered on the 8th day of September 2022, to the commission.


He stated 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, stressing that the Court of Appeal on 11th November 2022 affirmed the expulsion of Kenneth Udeze.


He explained that on the 4th day of November 2022, the party had 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.


Unfortunately, he said INEC has responded to enable them to upload their candidates for the 2023 elections on the INEC portal despite this plethora of judgments.


He asked that the party be given the pin to enable them to upload their candidates, saying that the elections are already very close.


Dr Omoaje added that AA 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.


He, therefore, called on the INEC chairman and stakeholders to prove the integrity of the commission by obeying the various court orders presented to INEC.

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