BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
CHAIRMAN of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega has been asked to tread carefully on those claiming they were National Assembly candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State.
Following the court cases trailing the PDP list of candidates, one of the litigants and candidate, Mrs. Margery Okadigbo wondered why INEC, which was aware of the court process, went ahead to name persons who were parties to the suits as winners in the election.
Reacting to the declaration of some persons as winners, Okadigbo said INEC had been served with Form 48, thereby commencing contempt of court by some of the senatorial and House of Representatives nominees of the PDP in Anambra.
“We want to note publicly that with the pendency of suits concerning the validly nominated candidates of the party for the elections in the state, INEC should not allude the victory in the just concluded election to anyone yet. We resisted pressing too hard on the issues ahead of the elections to avoid being misunderstood or truncating the entire electoral process. But would not sit idle and watch our hard_earned nomination and electoral victory taken away in a subtle manner by any one or group of persons,” she said in a statement.
Mrs. Okadigbo, one of the PDP nominees for the Anambra North Senatorial seat said that she was part of the suit brought before Justice P.F. Olayiwola of the Federal High Court, Awka, by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, against INEC and Ken Emeakayi.
On March 25, 2011 the court noted that consequent upon hearing that certain parties were already in breach of the order, “it is hereby ordered that parties should maintain status quo until the matter is disposed of.”
She averred that the order prevents INEC or its agents from making reference to any of the contending nominees as having won or lost the elections until the suit is disposed of.