Senator Kabir Marafa and about 181 members of his faction of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State on Thursday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ignore the request by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the National chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, for the postponement of the forthcoming general elections in the state.
Their lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said in a letter sent on their behalf to INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that there was no judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto directing the Commission to accommodate the party’s candidates for the polls as claimed by the AGF and Oshiomhole.
Ozekhome, who also spoke with reporters in his office in Abuja on Thursday, said in his letter dated February 14, 2019 and sent to INEC that there was no legal basis to postpone the judgment.
He said in his letter bearing the INEC Chairman’s February 14, 2019 acknowledgement stamp, “We therefore humbly urge you to discountenance and reject the prayers and requests of M.A. Mahmud, SAN, & Co., those of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Chairman of APC, as per his letter to INEC dated February 13, 2019 (Annexure E) herein.
“The views of the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation should also not count here.
“The prayers are clearly meant to circumvent the due process of the law as regards all matters sub judice between the parties at various appellant courts in Abuja and Sokoto Court of Appeal.”
Ozekhome stated that the Wednesday’s decision of the Court of Appeal was misrepresented by a law firm, M.A Magaji & Co., whose petition to the AGF informed the minister’s letter to INEC.
“Sir, you would therefore see that there was total misrepresentation and suppression of material facts by the contents of a petition written by M.A. Mahmud, SAN & Co., falsely alleging that ‘the Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal in appeal number CA/S/23/2019’.
“This, with all due respect, is a lie from the pit of hell.
“The appeal was never upheld. Briefs had not even been filed at all. Rather, the appeal was voluntarily withdrawn and discontinued by the appellant and was accordingly dismissed.”