Court will determine Adamawa governorship rerun on Thursday – INEC

Abubakar Gurin, Yola

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The Adamawa Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says, the conduct of the governorship supplementary polls in 44 units in the state, would be subject to the determination of the substantive suit before a Yola High Can on Thursday 21st of March, 2019.

Adamawa REC, Barrister Kassim Gaidam, stated this during a press briefing in Yola.
Gaidam said, the Commission had been served with the Court Order and a team of legal luminaries to be headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, would appear to defend INEC on Thursday.

Gaidam said INEC in its tradition of compliance with Court Orders, would respect the outcome of Thursday’s suit on the supplementary election in the state.

“I want to confirm to you today that, in deed a Court Order was served on the Commission’s Headquarters.

“The Commission, in its usual very good tradition of compliant with Court Orders, sent appropriate notices to file counter motions and counter originating summons.

“We would be waiting to hear whatever the outcome and the decision the Court would take tomorrow, INEC would certainly comply with the decision.

“If election is going to take place, the Commission will also hold a stakeholders’ meeting on Friday, involving all the political parties, for smooth conduct of the polls,” Gaidam explained.

He said the order is not connected to the by-elections of Nasarawo/Binyeri, where a candidate for the House of Assembly elections died and few units in Uba/Gaya in Hong LGA of the state.

The REC said all things being equal, materials for the supplementary election, are safely in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and protected by security agencies, to ensure hitch free conduct of the supplementary polls.

He reiterated that the governorship supplementary election would be contested by all the 29 candidates in the state.

It would be recalled that a Yola high court had granted an injunction restraining the INEC in the state from conducting supplementary election, slated for March 23, in 44 units, where the March 16 election was declared inconclusive.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdul-Aziz Waziri, granted the request for restraint filed by Rev. Eric Theman, Governorship candidate of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), in the state, due to the absence of the party logo on the ballot paper.

Justice Waziri after going through the two affidavits, held that the request had merit and therefore granted the request.

Waziri said all the processes relating to the suit must be served to Adamawa INEC in Yola, in compliance with Order 6 of the Court before adjourning the case until Thursday March 21.

 

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