Open letter to INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC warned to recount feb.25 presidential vote or be sued for damages
Mr. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, please do not put the electoral agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in which you are privileged to head in the legal harm’s way by avoiding unnecessary litigations and legal expenses for the tax payers in defending suits filed by the aggrieved Nigerians whose votes did not count during the last Presidential election on Saturday, February 25,2023 under your watch.
This Warning letter became necessary because of your corrupt, dishonest and suspicious attitude in the manner and method you adopted for the collation and declaration of the said Presidential election result in which you have turned all the prescribed laws guiding the collation and declaration of result under the Nigerian Electoral Act and Constitution upside down. This can only happen in a banana republic where rule of law is not respected.
Let me inform you that based on the polling units results nationwide, Peter Obi of Labour Party won the presidential election with landslide victory but it was rigged by INEC in Favour of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of APC who was illegally declared President-elect. So, every accusation of rigging the said Presidential election result deserves to be heaped at the doorstep of INEC, and not Tinubu or his party, APC.
It is an inalienable right of every Nigerian voter (including myself) that his or her vote must count in every election on the principle of One Man One Vote. The corrupt manner and method you adopted to conduct the Presidential and National Assembly polls by disenfranchising millions of registered voters and the brazen violation of all known electoral laws, guidelines and constitutional provisions on how to collate and declare results especially the Presidential result is shameful and embarrassing to the citizens of this country at home and in the diaspora. What a shame!
The conduct of your commission has thus resulted in my vote on February 25 Presidential election for Peter Obi of Labour Party not counted! The only way you can assuage my anger is to embark on the total recount of the February 25, Presidential Vote so as to ensure that my vote and the votes of millions of other Nigerian voters who elected Peter Obi as New Nigeria President are duly counted and made public. You are demanded to do so within 14 days of becoming aware of this Warning letter. This letter is to enable you to follow the peaceful path as no law requires me to warn you before suing the commission.
Should the commission fail or neglect to heed the demand of this letter, I shall have no other alternative than to sue you in the Federal High Court of Justice and seek for exemplary and general damages for depriving me of my cherished vote and causing me untold emotional distress, shame, trauma, mental harassment, embarrassment, hypertension and sickness.
By your illegal action itemized above, it seems that the commission has lost sight of my Enugu Court of Appeal decision in Barr. Jezie Ekejiuba v. INEC & Anor which struck down all the provisions of the Electoral Act under which your commission were carrying out illegalities of deregistration of political parties before you ran from the Supreme court where you lodged frivolous appeal against me to the National Assembly, NASS that helped you to restore the struck down provisions back into the amended 1999 Constitution. NASS may not help your commission in this your current rape of democracy and the Rule of law.
You have been duly warned in advance.
Dr. Jezie Ekejiuba
Human Rights Lawyer & President
VOTERS RIGHTS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (VRAN)
Tel. /WhatsApp: 08036095750
Email:barrister. jezie.4peace @yahoo.com