Adamawa Supplementary polls suspended as High Court adjourns sitting

Abubakar Gurin, Yola

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The Adamawa State Governorship supplementary polls which was earlier slated for March 23, 2019 has been put on hold, as a Yola High court fixed March 26, 2019 for ruling.

Justice Abdulazeez Waziri of Yola High Court who presided over the court session also extend the court order barring the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from conducting the supplementary polls till next Tuesday when he will rule on the interlocutory injunction barring INEC from conducting the election.

The interlocutory injuction stopping the rescheduled election was granted to MRDD and its supposed Gubernotorial candidate, Eric Theman on the grounds that his party logo was not on the ballot paper.

Counsel to the PDP candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri, Barr. Joseph K Gadzama, SAN leading 8 counsels had filed a motion for Fintiri the PDP candidate to be joined in the suit.

Also counsel to PDP, Okechukwu Udeze, SAN leading six others, also applied for PDP to be joined in the suit.

Barrister Adeyemi Pitan, counsel to MRDD and Eric Theman, however opposed the motion of the two parties on grounds that the two applications were not served on him in due time.

The MRDD counsel said the only business of the court for the day, was the March 14, interlocutory injuction ordering the stoppage of the supplementary election not the hearing of any motion.

Lead counsel to INEC, Tanko Inuwa, SAN, however, prayed the court to discharge the injuction on grounds that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the case.

He cited section 25 sub section 1 of the constitution saying that “INEC being a federal organ challenging its decision should be through a federal high court not a state high court.”

Inuwa said the issues being canvassed before the court touched on conduct of elections and that section 285 subsection 2 of the constitution places conduct of election in the purview of election tribunals.

He said that MRDD has no locus to approach the court because they have not fulfilled all the electoral process noting that they have no interest in the case.

Adjourning the case to March 26, Justice Waziri ruled that he needed time to study the voluminous documents submitted by the counsels to the various parties.

 

Confidence Okwuchi