By Okey Ndiribe
A professor of law at the University of Lagos and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ado-EkitiÂ (UNAD)Â Â Akin Oyebode has condemned Saturdayâ€™s gubernatorial election held in Anambra State byÂ theÂ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in defiance of a Federal High Court order.
In a telephone interview,Â he stated that based on INECâ€™s present composition the entire electionÂ might end up as a nullity because the electoral body didÂ not satisfy the requirement for it to carry out its constitutionalÂ duties
Said he: â€œ I thinkÂ the \FederalÂ High Court decisionÂ barring the Independent National Electoral Commission from going ahead with conductingÂ yesterdayâ€™s gubernatorial election in Anambra StateÂ based on the INECâ€™s present compositionÂ isÂ good law. By going ahead to conduct the election despiteÂ the court order,Â INECÂ behaved irresponsibly.â€
He continued: â€œ This isÂ because at the end of the day whatever transpiredÂ in Anambra State yesterdayÂ could be nullified. It is obvious that the condition precedent to INEC conducting any successful election had not been fulfilled. I think Maurice Iwu wants to play Humphrey NwosuÂ but the circumstances are different between the order of Justice Ikpeme Bassey on theÂ conduct of the June 12 1993 presidential elections based on the prayer of Association for Better Nigeria ( ABN) and the present case .WhatÂ the judge saidÂ was that INEC was incapacitated because of the lack of a requisite number of commissioners for it to act.â€
â€œIn fact Maurice Iwu might be skating on thin ice and this might be theÂ thing that would do him in. When you are skating on thin ice you are likely to fall. He needs to be properly guided. He needs a good lawyer to guide him out of this conundrum. I am not sure he has been properly advised â€œ he said.