Court stops INEC from conducting supplementary poll in Adamawa

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A High Court in Yola Adamawa State, has on Thursday ruled out restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting a supplementary Governorship Election in the state fixed for March 23.

This followed a ruling by Justice Abdulaziz Waziri after a request to that effect filed by counsel to the Adamawa Chapter of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Mr Mustafa Shaba, over absence of the party logo on the ballot paper of the inconclusive election.

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Delivering the ruling after going through the two affidavits  filled in support of the motion including that of extreme urgency, Justice Waziri, held that the request has merit and therefore was granted.

“After careful perusal of the a annexture of the MRDD 1 to 5 alongside written address of counsel urging me to grant the application, I am of the view that the application is pregnant with merit and must be granted”. He said

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The Judge ruled that all the processes relating to the suit be served to Adamawa INEC in Yola in compliance with Order 6 of the Court.

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Speaking to newsmen on the development, counsel to MRDD, Mr Mustafa Shaba said the plaintiff, MRDD represented by the state chairman of the party, Ibrahim Umar, rushed to the court to complain against what he described as “serious infraction”.

The Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner INEC, Barrister Kasim Gaidam told newsmen that no court can restraint the commission from conducting the 23rd March supplementary governorship election.

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The case was adjourned to March 21 for hearing of motion for the interlocutory injunction.

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