Imo North: We Won’t Take Further Action Until… -INEC

INEC reacts to the multiple judgments on Imo North Senatorial bye-election;

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the multiple judgments on Imo North Senatorial election, stating that it won’t take further actions until its legal team deliberate on the orders so far issued.

Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Thursday, ordered INEC to, within 72 hours, issue one of the contestants, Ifeanyi Ararume with a Certificate of Return as winner of the Imo North Senatorial bye-election.

On the same day, an Owerri High Court presided by Justice E. O. Agada, gave an opposite Order, restraining the Commission from issuing Ararume with the Certificate of Return.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a chat with The Nation stated: “Based on the multiplicity of judgements and Orders in the Imo North matter the Commission will carefully study them and do the needful”.

He said: “As at today there are over 13 cases either filed or decided by the various Courts relating to the Imo North Senatorial bye-election.

“The recent ones relate to the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja and the ex-parte Order from State High Court in Owerri.

“The Legal Department of the Commission will meet and present a memo to the Legal Services, Clearance and Compliance Committee of the Commission.

“The Legal Services and Clearance Committee will in turn deliberate on the matter and present a memo to the Commission.

“The Commission will deliberate on the matter, take a decision and inform the public. Hence, these judgements must of necessity pass through our processes and procedures. We are not a Court of law. We do not have adjudicatory powers.

“We give effect to judgements and orders of courts based on their tenor, context and our understanding of the judgement or orders we have been directed to give effect to”

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