The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the Inspector General of Police to produce the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in court on August 14.
Justice Stephen Pam gave the order after Mr Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, counsel to Yakubu told the court that he did not know where his client was.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor James Apam, has expressed frustration at the inability of the commission to have answers to the vexed issue of vote buying.
Apam spoke on Wednesday in Lokoja on the forthcoming Kogi bye-election scheduled for Saturday, August 11, amidst concerns from stakeholders who expressed fear over a repeat of the Ekiti State governorship election where voters were allegedly induced with money before voting.
Briefing the press on the preparation for the bye-election into the Lokoja-Koton-Karfe Federal Constituency, Apam said there was little or nothing the commission could do to prevent people who have made up their minds to sell their votes.
“How do you prevent someone who took a camera into the voting cubicle to snap the party he or she had voted for and later showed it to the party and get paid?”
Professor Apam said it was the duty of various political parties to increase their enlightenment campaigns and education of voters not to sell their votes.
On the bye-election scheduled for Saturday, the commissioner said that they have received the assurance from the security agencies that both the staff and the materials for the election would be secure.
An Osun State High Court presided over by Justice David Oladimeji has said though the “document” submitted by Senator Ademola Adeleke has “some serious and damaging irregularities,” the court can’t stop him from contesting the Osun State governorship election as plaintiffs failed to prove the forgery allegation preferred against him.
Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Consular-General of the Embassy of the United States of America (U.S.A) in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, has called for a free, fair and transparent election.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have released a joint statement in which they described the invasion of the National Assembly by security officials as a “coup against democracy.”
The United States Consul General, John Bray, on Tuesday, visited the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, ahead of the election slated to hold on September 22.
The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, has exonerated the Nigeria Police Force from Tuesday’s blockage of the National Assembly by security operatives.
Idris absolved the police of any blame after a closed-door meeting with the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.