The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was not removed from office on Wednesday despite allegations that he did not properly disclose his assets as required by law, according to a court decision that was applauded by the Coalition of United Political Parties, or CUPP.
The CUPP welcomed the judgment handed by Justice M. A. Hassan as a significant New Year’s present from the judiciary to Nigerians and a triumph for credible, free, and fair elections in the nation through its spokesperson, Chief Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.
Chief Ugochinyere insisted that the judiciary has invalidated attempts by those who, in his opinion, are aware that they cannot win free and fair elections to sabotage the general election in 2023.
He applauded the court for taking action to stop security forces from looking into the INEC chairman over a fictitious claim that he failed to disclose all of his assets.
“I am happy that the judiciary, over the months, has proven that it is the last hope of the common man.
“Since that our intelligence discovery of plans to compel INEC chairman to stop the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation system in the 2023 elections, these evil politicians have not rested, they have been looking for non existing faults.
“First, it was the CBN Governor, because of the cash limit policy, and now, the INEC Chairman.
“The security agencies are a disappointment, at a time the masses need their protection and help the most, they are busy collecting bribes and serving the interest of the evil politicians”, the CUPP spokesperson added.
In a same vein, the court has once again saved the Nigerian democracy from disintegration, according to Ochiagha Uche Nnadi, President of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Movement.
He pondered what would have happened if the head of the electoral commission had abruptly changed 50 days before a national election.
“Many people who pose as leaders do not mean well for the country”, the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Movement leader lamented.
For his part, Barr. Kenneth Udeze, National Chairman of the Action Alliance, AA, praised the judge for making a brave and bold decision.
Why would someone wait until a few days before a general election to try to get the head of INEC removed from office? asked Udeze.
“It would have thrown the entire country into political crisis as there would be allegations and counter allegations in an already highly charged polity”, he added, even as he urged security agencies to remain apolitical.
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