Abuja - The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday in Abuja filed an application in a Federal High Court requesting the prosecution of Anambra Governor-elect Willie Obiano for alleged multiple registration.
The party, in a motion exparte filed before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, joined the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Inspector-General of Police, IG, as respondents in the suit.
The APC, in the application, prayed the court to grant it leave to apply for an order of mandamus (compulsory), to compel INEC, and the IG to prosecute Obiano for the alleged offence.
The offence, according to the applicant, contravenes the provisions of Section 12 (2) of the electoral Act 2010 and sections 4 and 23 of the Police Act, Cap P19 LFN, 2004.
John Ainetor, APC's counsel, told the court that the applicant had written a letter dated November 12, 2013 to the first and second respondents informing them of the facts and evidence of Obiano’s offence.
Ainetor submitted that the respondents ignored, neglected and failed to prosecute Obiano upon the facts of multiple voter registration.
He also tendered documents to claim that the governor-elect had earlier registered as a voter in Ifako/Soluyi Ward 2, Polling Unit 060, Kosofe LGA, Lagos, on August 21, 2013.
Ainetor alleged that that the governor-elect registered again on September 3, 2013 in his village.
Justice Kolawole, after hearing the APC counsel’s submission, adjourned the matter to Jan. 31 for ruling.