PDP Asks IGP To Arrest Ex-Adamawa REC, Ari

Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Suspended Adamawa INEC REC  

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Inspector General of Police to immediately comply with a Court order for the arrest and presentation of former Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari, for prosecution.

The party said the delay in the prompt and diligent prosecution of Ari for his alleged criminal conduct during the governorship election in Adamawa State in 2023 constitutes a clear and present danger to democracy and the Rule of Law.

The national publicity secretary of PDP, Hon Debo Ologungaba, at a press conference, recalled that Ari had “brazenly attempted to subvert our nation’s constitutional democratic rule by trying to install an illegal government in Adamawa State in violation of Section 1(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”

He also recounted that Ari, on Sunday April 16, 2023  “attempted to override the will of the people of Adamawa State in the Saturday April 15, 2023 election by illegally declaring the candidate of the defeated All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner while collation of results was on-going.”

Ologungaba alleged that Ari’s action amounted to a “civilian coup” which tried to undermine the nation’s sovereignty, triggered a serious crisis in Adamawa State and threatened national peace and security.”

The PDP spokesman said Ari has been on the run, since his removal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the declaration of Governor Ahmed Fintiri at the end of collation as the lawful and duly elected Governor of Adamawa State.

“Nigerians are invited to note that the High Court of Justice of Adamawa State, No. 9, Yola Division has issued a Warrant of Arrest of Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari dated May 21, 2024, wherein it ordered the Inspector General of Police to apprehend and produce Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari to appear before it to answer to the charges preferred against him.

“The said Order of Court was received at the Office of the Inspector General of Police on May 23, 2024.

“The delay in the prompt and diligent prosecution of Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari for his alleged criminal conduct constitutes a clear and present danger to our Democracy and the Rule of Law that nobody is above the law.

“The failure of the Nigerian police so far to apprehend and bring Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari to justice is capable of creating a bad precedence and encourage other public officers to act with impunity, behaving as if there are no consequences for acts contrary to law and their Oath of Office.

“The PDP therefore charges the Inspector General of Police to, in compliance with the Order of Court, immediately fish out, arrest and bring Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari before the Court for prosecution.

“This is especially as there are allegations and apprehension in the public space that Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari has perfected plans to escape from the country and evade trial.

“The PDP insists that Mallam Hudu Yunusa Ari must be made to face the full wrath of the law for his assault against our democracy,” Ologungaba said.

 

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