March 19, 2019

Adamawa Rerun: Court stops INEC from conducting supplementary elections

Adamawa Rerun: Court stops INEC from conducting supplementary elections

A High Court sitting in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state has issued an order mandating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting supplementary governorship election in the state.

This order was given by Justice Abdulaziz Waziri following a motion ex parte filed by Movement of Restoration for Defence of Democracy (MRPD).

The party claimed its party logo was excluded from the ballot paper for the March 9 governorship election conducted in the state.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused Governor Jibrilla Bindow of planning to use the MRPD to distort the electoral process through legal leeways.

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“It has come to our attention the desperate moves by the leadership of Adamawa state government to upturn the mandate of the people,” it said.

“One of the alleged moves is to lobby the presidency to cause the State High Court to slam INEC with an order of injunction restraining the electoral body from conducting the supplementary election and cancel the entire elections.

“They intend to use a governorship Candidate who allegedly claimed that the logo of his party was omitted on the ballot in the last governorship election to file a case before the state High Court.”

In a reaction to the situation, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Kashim Gaidam said, “For your information court orders cannot stop elections.

“Having said that, only INEC at the national office can respond to any matter involving court orders.”

During the gubernatorial, Ahmed Umar Fintiri, the candidate of the PDP had polled 367,471 votes, while the incumbent governor, Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC), garnered 334,995 votes.

INEC has scheduled the supplementary election for March 23.

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