He wants the investigation of a $ 2 billion bribery accusation against the head of INEC to be carried out correctly
The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, raised the alarm on Friday over an alleged plot by some people to use the judiciary to destabilize the electoral process.
IPAC also claimed that some elements were working to thwart the selection of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had recently reappointed Professor Yakubu for another five-year term after the expiration of his first term and has referred the name to the Senate for selection and confirmation.
The re-election has attracted mixed reactions among the political class and has even divided the ruling Congress of All Progressives, APC, as some members have kicked against it, while some have applauded the re-election.
Meanwhile, IPAC has called a report from an online media platform fake news that alleges that Senate President Ahmad Lawan received the sum of $ 2 billion from Professor Mahmood to assist in his appointment.
Briefing reporters in Abuja, IPAC chairman Dr. Leonard Nzenwa warned against warming politics and said it would be of no use to the nation.
Dr. Nzenwa said that Nigerians have the right to question, complain, investigate and consult the activities of INEC and the mandate of Professor Yakubu, but also recommended that this be done appropriately.
He said: “On February 10, 2020, when we took the bold step of coming together to promote the mutual interest of the 18 registered political parties after the independent National Electoral Commission, the elimination of the INEC we resolved to ensure that the stakeholders and forces bent on eroding the progress made in the electoral process and system are verified and made to align with a broader effort to improve the electoral process and ensure that we continue to have inclusive, peaceful, credible, free, fair and transparent elections in the country.
“We were clear, firm and determined that we would work in harmony with all stakeholders, including the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and this informed why when we looked at the rancorous backlog of elections for the governors of Edo and Ondo, we alerted the nation on August 11. , 2020, calling on Nigerians to avoid electoral violence and stop the politics of kill and leave.
“It is gratifying to observe that the Interparty Advisory Council, the IPAC call was heeded by both INECs, regarding the need to carry out credible elections, especially in Edo, and politicians and other stakeholders to stop overheating politics. We have never stopped doing this.
“The events of the last few days in our politics call for the intervention of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC to help run things right, and also to alert Nigerians to the insidious plot to destabilize politics by destabilizing the independent National Electoral Commission. , INEC and overthrow the reform instituted by the former national president of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who has resigned from the Commission but was reappointed by President Mohammadu Buhari and transmitted the confirmation to the Senate.
“What we cannot take away is that the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC under the leadership of Professor Mahmood Yakubu achieved respectable results during his first term.
“The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC was happy with the re-election of Mahmoods and made this clear in its congratulatory message on October 30, 2020. We unambiguously note that the positive technology and digitization trajectory that it set for the Commission continues being impressive with the reform agenda he plans for the political process and the system before the expiration of his first term. Yet these laudable achievements are being belittled by forces that will stop at nothing to ensure that the country does not advance.
“We have reached the point where we must undo political differences and defend Nigeria. The dishonorable tendency to tear down everything if it does not favor predilection or adapts to one’s whims and whims, is leading many to indulge in acts that mock the senses and exhaust the soul. Some Nigerians have once again destabilized politics and stopped the projection of INEC’s candidate for president, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
“Following the announcement of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s re-election to a second term as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which received wide support across partisan lines, little did we know that some desperate stakeholders, including Anti-Congress politicians were not happy and have conspired among themselves to hijack the legislative powers of the Senate to select and confirm the candidate.
“The same forces launched a deadly plot to obtain a midnight court order to destabilize the electoral stability of the country and throw the electoral body into the leadership vacuum.
“This tactic spearheaded by those who claim to be loyal to Mr. President during the day, but wear a treacherous dress to undo the president and sabotage his agenda in pursuit of a desperate ambition to be president and governor in 2023. It’s about 2023 and how to aggressively destroy everything that let it be seen that they will stay in their ways.
“On November 18, 2020, two hired hands allegedly brought a matter in the Federal Superior Court with the aim of preventing the Senate from examining the candidate and nullifying the appointment made by the president, citing that until the police complete a criminal investigation imaginary, the projection should not take place.
“This would seem normal to ordinary eyes but it has been confirmed that the matter was filed, processed, transferred and sent to the judge on the same day November 18, 2020 that it was filed. Legally, these are processes that normally take 2 weeks to complete. How fast our justice system is moving now. “
He also said: “They had previously surreptitiously filed a lawsuit to seek an order to stop the screening in a Superior Court of FCT, but the brave jurist before whom it appeared while rejecting his evil Exparte Motion to stop the screening of the INEC nominee reiterated the fact that no court of justice can stop internal parliamentary functions that have not been completed.
“Having failed, they returned to the market claiming to be looking for any rogue judge to agree to their evil plot.
“Now they have filed the same lawsuit in the Federal Superior Court and have it processed, assigned and sent within minutes to another court of judges in the hope of continuing this diabolical mission. These elements and their supporters want confusion and crisis to engulf our electoral space.
“We are deeply concerned that movements of this nature should not be swept under the rug and dismissed with a wave of the hand, as doing so in the past has had disastrous consequences for politics.
Nigerians will recall that just before the 2019 elections, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria was removed from office in similar circumstances with an Exparte order filed, prosecuted and heard on the same day even by a court that has only quasi-criminal jurisdiction.
“We strongly advise against this measure as the country is still reeling from the #ENDSARS protest that claimed many lives and the destruction of various properties across the country.
“Efforts have been made in the past to reach the Council in this attempt to overrule the nomination of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, but we reject it because we are convinced that the stability of the electoral process and the ongoing reforms of Prof. Yakubu are very promising. and when fully implemented as it holds the key to unlocking our nation’s electoral challenges.
“While IPAC will not stand in the way of any politician or stakeholder wishing to pursue their electoral ambition in 2023, the brutal manner of many of them, including very important and close ministers and top aides to President Mohammadu Buhari, will has become disturbing; everything is being pulled now to derail the system of government, even if it is to destroy the respectable achievements of the electoral referee and the failure of the projection of Professor Mahmood Yakubus by the Senate.
“IPAC also frowned at the use of mass media, especially Sahara Reporter and others, on the same day November 18, 2020, mobilized the online fake news portal to publish very bland and unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against the Professor Yakubu.
“The fake news portal alleged that the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, received the sum of $ 2 billion from Professor Mahmood to assist in his appointment. Overheating politics in this way will do the nation no good.
“Nigerians have the right to question, complain, investigate and consult the activities of INEC and the tenure of Professor Mahmmood, but we ask that this be done in the proper way. Nigeria has the right to do this
“We, as a body of all registered political parties, have unanimously accepted the nomination of Professor Mahmoods and agreed to a quick screening and nothing can change that.
“Therefore, we call on the Chief Judge of the Federal Superior Court to personally investigate the processes filed in this case, the circumstances of the process at lightning speed and the transfer of this case in minutes and order the transfer of this matter to any other judge of the Federal Superior Court, since the events that followed the presentation showed that the lawsuit was directed to its current destination ”.
IPAC called on the Senate to save the country and all its institutions, saying, “these current plots of desecration by quickly meeting again to consider, select and confirm the nominee, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.” This is an unnecessary tension that has caused the non-confirmation. “
In addition, he said: “We do not need these distractions that are capable of putting in doubt the credibility of the general elections of 2023. This evil plot to hijack the Electoral Management Body before the general elections is novel in our political atmosphere. We must not allow this to happen.
“The president has made a nomination that has enjoyed great applause both locally and internationally and the best we can all do is provide support and not let these undertakers have a job to do.”