Ar­rest Sher­iff for con­tempt – Makarfi C’ttee

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Saawua Terzungwe The Sen­a­tor Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP care­taker com­mit­tee has urged the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice to ar­rest and pros­e­cute Sen­a­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff and his can­di­date for Edo State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, for al­leged con­tempt.

Spokesman of the Makarfiled com­mit­tee, Prince Dayo Adey­eye, made the call in a state­ment yes­ter­day while re­act­ing to Sher­iff’s is­suance of Cer­tifi­cate of Re­turn to Iduoriyekemwen as PDP can­di­date for the elec­tion in Edo State.

“The PDP con­demned in strong terms, the at­ti­tude of Ali Sher­iff in re­cent times and urged se­cu­rity agen­cies to live up to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­fore he brings the ju­di­ciary to ridicule. This is not the first time he is dis­obey­ing court judg­ment or or­der.

“Sher­iff has be­come an author­ity in the coun­try with fla­grant dis­obe­di­ence of the Nige­rian Con­sti­tu­tion, the Elec­toral Act and the PDP Con­sti­tu­tion with­out be­ing ar­rested or de­tained by se­cu­rity agen­cies. Is he above the law if we may ask?”

Adey­eye said the Jus­tice Ab­dul­lah Mo­hammed Li­man’s judg­ment of July 4 was su­pe­rior to all other rul­ings, ex­parte or­ders or in­ter­locu­tory in­junc­tions pro­cured by Sher­iff “and his co-trav­el­ers.”

He said “Sher­iff’s re­liance on Jus­tice Okon Abang’s rul­ing of Thurs­day, June 30, 2016, is an at­tempt to con­fuse un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the public.”

Sher­iff ’s spokesman, Mr. Inuwa Bwala, said: “Makarfi is be­ing des­per­ately in­sen­si­ble, know­ing that he should be the one to go to jail for con­tempt of court. The Port Har­court judge­ment is like any of the three judge­ments Sher­iff has. A court of com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion rec­og­nizes Sher­iff as the only law­ful lead­er­ship to con­duct pri­maries and submit the can­di­date for the elec­tion,” he said.

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