From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
The National Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), Dr Adekunle Rufai Omoaje, has taken a swipe at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over what he described as the commission’s flagrant disobedience to court judgment, saying that the commission was bent at jeopardising the 2023 general election through its actions.
Omoaje while featuring on a live television programme chastised the electoral body for disobeying many court rulings that ordered it to recognise the candidates he (Omoaje) presented for various political positions in the 2023 general elections.
He cited the judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja and those of the Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta and the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal which all ordered INEC to publish the names of candidates submitted by him on its website and also paste same in all its offices.
Omoaje lamented that the action of INEC was capable of jeopardising the forthcoming general elections, stressing that the election may not hold should INEC fails to respect the court orders.
The AA National chairman said INEC has not given any reason why it fails to obey all the judgments delivered in his favour by the courts, despite being represented in the courts that delivered the judgment and adequately served the court judgment.
He said the ongoing political campaigns by the presidential candidates of various political parties and others contesting other positions in the 2023 general elections may be an exercise in futility as the party would challenge the conduct of the election.
Omoaje informed that there was no faction in the party as Mr Kenneth Udeze who claimed to be a factional national chairman of the party had long been suspended and subsequently expelled from the party.
He declared that the Action Alliance is one under his leadership and various court judgment also affirmed his position with INEC fully aware of the development.
He said INEC was well represented at the meetings where Udeze was suspended and expelled, adding that INEC should respect court judgment for it to earn the respect of the masses ahead of the next year’s general elections.