Following the issuance of arrest warrant on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, an Appeal Court in Abuja has ordered stay of execution, ROYAL NEWS has gathered .

At its sitting on Monday, the Appeal  Court ordered that the matter be put on hold pending the outcome of Mahmud Yakubu’s initial appeal in the case.

A federal high court Judge, Justice Stephen Pam, had issued the warrant after the INEC chairman failed to appear before him for the third consecutive time.

Mahmud Yakubu had been asked to appear and defend a case filed against him by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, chairman, and legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra state, respectively.

Prior to the issuance of the arrest warrant , Counsel to the INEC chairman, Adeboyega Awomolo (SAN)  had informed the court that his client filed an appeal challenging the initial summon before the federal high court which sought for a stay of proceedings pending the determination of the appeal.

Giving its ruling on the application filed by the INEC Chairman a 3-man panel of the appellate court ruled that since the original appeal filed against the summon is yet to be determined, it would be prejudicial for the court to proceed with the hearing of the case.