The governorship election tribunal sitting in Kaduna State has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to comply with its order by ensuring that its subpoenaed witness appears on Thursday.
This followed the application of the 1st and 2nd petitioners, Isa Ashiru and his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who sought that arrest warrant be issued on INEC due to its failure to present a witness before the tribunal on Wednesday.
Though, the counsels to both the 1st (INEC), 2nd (Uba Sani) and 3rd (APC) respondents had argued that the application of the Oluwole Iyamu (SAN), who is the counsel to the 1st and 2nd petitioners, Ashiru and PDP, seeking the arrest of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) be declined by the court.
In their separate arguments, the counsels added that the petitioners did not follow due process.
“Before any party should talk on compliance of court order, there shall be clear evidence that the subpoenaed person had been duly served,” they explained.
Ashiru, through his counsel explained that it is a deliberate attempt by the INEC to frustrate the order of the court, having followed the normal process.
He said, “We are urging the tribunal to vindicate the authority of the court that no public servant plays pranks on the court order.”
Upon the arguments of all counsels, the three-man panel of the tribunal directed that the subpoenaed witness of the INEC be made available today, (Thursday).