BREAKING: Court stops INEC from conducting supplementary governorship election in Adamawa

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

A state High Court in Yola on Thursday issued an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from conducting supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State.

Following the declaration of inconclusive elections in some states, including Adamawa, INEC fixed March 23 for supplementary elections.

But Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of State High Court 4 gave the order, following a motion ex parte filed by Movement of Restoration for Defence of Democracy, MRPD.

The group claims that it’s party logo was excluded from the ballot paper for the March 9 governorship election conducted in the state.

On Wednesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, raised alarm, accusing the state governor, Jibrilla Bindow, of planning to use the MRPD to scuttle the supplementary election through unnecessary legal bottlenecks.

“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.”

Reacting to the development, Kashim Gaidam, Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, however said no court order can stop elections.

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