By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has explained its inability to act on the report of a committee it set up to probe the conduct of the Imo North senatorial election and recommend the way forward.
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu addresses the audience on February 25, 2019 in Abuja during the presidential elections announcement. – Muhammadu Buhari got off to a winning start in his bid for re-election as Nigeria’s president, as the first result was announced today from weekend polls. The 76-year-old former military ruler won 219,231 votes in the southwestern state of Ekiti, while his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, got 154,032, the electoral commission announced. (Photo AFP)
INEC National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna disclosed this in a statement Tuesday evening.
He said while the commission has received the report of its probe panel, it would stay action as a result of a court case instituted against it by one of the parties.
The statement reads; “Further to our statement of 4th April 2019 on the setting up of a Committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to investigate the veracity or otherwise of allegations of misconduct in the Imo North Senatorial election, the Commission wishes to inform the public that the Committee has completed its assignment.
“However, the Commission has been served with an ex parte order halting further action on the matter.
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“The order, issued by the Federal High Court Abuja on 9th April 2019, specifically ordered the Commission to stay ‘all further proceedings and actions by the Respondent (INEC) pertaining, relating or connected with the declaration of Imo North Senatorial District election results of 23rd February and 9th March 2019, pending the determination of the application for prohibition’.
“The case, which was instituted by Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the All Progressives Congress APC candidate against INEC a day after it set up the Committee, has been adjourned to 30th April 2019 for hearing”, the commission added.
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