INEC awaiting official order to stop Adamawa poll after Fintiri’s sack — Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Photo Credit:234NEXT
INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega Photo Credit:234NEXT

Following a court order stopping the governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, said the commission would in the course of the day announce its position on the conduct of Saturday’s Adamawa Governorship bye-election.

Mr. Jega said this on Wednesday in Yola while addressing political stakeholders in the bye-election slated for October 11.

“As we prepared for this meeting just 30 minutes ago, I received the information from Abuja that a Federal High Court has, among others, granted an injunction restraining INEC from conducting the Adamawa by-election.

“This information came to me from our Director Legal Services.

“INEC is a law abiding organisation; I am yet to see the court order but I still believe that the right thing to do under the circumstances is not to proceed with this meeting until we get a sufficient clarification.

“Once we get a proper process served on us in the course of the day, we will make an appropriate announcement as what the position of INEC is on this particular matter,” Mr. Jega said.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday ordered that the former Deputy Governor of the state, Bala Ngilari, be sworn in immediately as the governor.

The court said in its judgment that the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, was occupying the office illegally as the former Deputy Governor Ngilari, had not resigned from office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fintiri said he had directed his lawyers to appeal against the judgment.

“Our lawyers are preparing their papers and will file an appeal in the next 20 minutes.
“We are awaiting the result of the appeal and we still belief the election will take place”, Mr. Fintiri said.


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