A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Wednesday frustrated plans to scuttle the 2023 general election by removing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, over alleged failure to declare his assets.
Apart from quashing the allegations of false assets declaration against Yakubu, the court stopped security agencies from investigating him.
Meanwhile, the coalition of United Political Parties and other socio-political organisations have hailed the judgement, describing the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
The Spokesperson of CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, hailed the judgment as “a major New Year gift to Nigerians by the judiciary.”
According to him, the court verdict was “a victory for a credible, free and fair election.”
He said the plans to scuttle the 2023 general election by those who know they cannot win free and fair elections have been squashed by the judiciary
Ugochinyere also commended the court for going ahead to bar security agencies from investigating him over his valid assets declaration
The judge, therefore, dismissed the claims of the claimant and allowed Yakubu’s counter-claim.
Ugochinyere regretted that security agencies were now being used for other responsibilities.
He said, “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, they are busy serving the interest of evil politicians