Court Stops INEC Conclusion on Imo North Senatorial Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been forced to delay decision on Imo North senatorial election.
According to Mallam Mohammed Haruna, National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC made the decision in compliance with an ex-parte order mandating it to do so.
However, the ex parte order served on the commission, according to Haruna has placed an embargo on further action on the matter.
Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu. the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate had instituted the case against INEC a day after it set up Committee.
Hearing on the matter has been adjourned to 30′ April 20l9.
The statement reads: “Further to our statement of 4′ April 20l9 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.
“The order. issued by the Federal High Court Abuja on 9* April 20l9. specifically ordered the Commission to stay “ALL FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ACTIONS by the Respondent (INEC) pertaining. relating or connected with the declaration of [mo North Senatorial District election results of 23*
“February and 9 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 Committee. has been adjourned to 30′ April 20l9 for hearing. “
In February, two days after the INEC office in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area in Imo North Senatorial District was set ablaze by persons suspected to be political thugs, INEC declared the senatorial election inconclusive, citing allegations of ballot box snatching, kidnapping of electoral officers and manipulation of the process.
A rerun was held on March 9, but INEC still hasn’t declared a winner.