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Bauchi Rerun: INEC to resume result collation for Tafawa Balewa LG today

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Information reaching DAILY NIGERIAN indicated that all is set for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to resume collation of election results for Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi State.

Our correspondent gathered that the collation will resume by 4:00pm today (Monday) at the state collation centre, Bauchi.

Recall that on Monday Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had declined jurisdiction to entertain matter seeking to stop the INEC from proceeding with the collation, conclusion and announcement the result of the March 9 governorship election in Bauchi State.

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Ruling on the matter on Monday, the judge said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

On Tuesday, the judge had also issued order for stopping the process on the strength of an ex parte application filed by the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the incumbent Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar.

But INEC filed a motion challenging the order of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, said the commission has challenged the court for granting the order.

Mr Okoye said: “The motion has not been taken. Until that motion is taken, the court order barring us from collating the result of Tafawa Balewa area subsists.”

The commission had halted the scheduled collation of the governorship election result in the state, which was to resume on Tuesday last week.

Details later.

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