The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has condemned a recent letter written by Chief Chekwas Okorie describing the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as a contemnor and calling for his resignation.
The letter by Chief Chekwas Okorie was titled, “Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is a Contemnor and Must Resign as Chairman of INEC.”
AYCF described the letter as full of misinformation and false claims, pointing out that Okorie portrayed himself as the founder and pioneer national chairman of APGA, despite his expulsion from the party years ago.
The AYCF statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, said: “It is important to clarify that Okorie was suspended by the National Working Committee of APGA in December 2004 and subsequently expelled in January 2005 by the National Executive Council of APGA.”
The statement, noting that his expulsion was challenged and ultimately dismissed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria in a judgement referenced as APGA v. UMEH (2011) 8 NWLR (pt. 1250) 544 on March 21, 2011, stressed that Okorie’s claim to be the founder and national chairman of the party is false and misleading.
It further stated that Okorie has recently distorted facts to create a false narrative alleging that the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and Chief Victor Ike Oye are in contempt of a ruling of the FCT High Court Bwari delivered on May 10, 2023.
Okorie, the AYCF noted, contradicted himself by acknowledging that the Court of Appeal has restrained the FCT High Court from proceeding with the contempt proceedings.
The statement explained that it is crucial to note that the ruling of the FCT High Court Bwari on May 10, 2023, and the subsequent contempt ruling of November 9, 2023, are currently subject to two pending appeals at the Court of Appeal.
AYCF, in its statement, firmly dismissed the misrepresentations and false claims made by Okorie in his letter, saying that it is crucial to rely on accurate information and truthful narratives to foster peace and unity in our nation, urging the public to disregard Okorie’s letter and instead seek reliable sources of information to form their opinions.
AYCF further denounced what it described as a disrespectful violation of standing judicial processes and called on the court to invoke its inherent powers to address the contemptuous actions of Okorie, whom it accused of maliciously distorting facts still pending before the court.