Judge declines to grant ex-parte injunction against INEC in Rivers Guber poll – Independent Observers

Judge declines to grant ex-parte injunction against INEC in Rivers Guber poll

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  • By Andy Chukwu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declined to grant an injunction to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from taking further action on the Rivers State gubernatorial elections.

The African Action Congress and its governorship candidate in Rivers State, Biokpomabo Awara, had approached the court to sought the restraining injunction through an ex parte application.

Justice Iyang Ekwo, in his ruling, on Wednesday, refused to grant the prayer. Instead, he asked the AAC and Mr Awara to put INEC on notice to show cause why the prayer should not be granted.

The judge adjourned the case to Monday, March 25.

INEC had suspended collation of results from the March 9 elections in Rivers State last Sunday following reports of violence and disruptions. But on Saturday, the commission notified it would issue a statement on a definite timeline for the continuation of the collation exercise today, Wednesday.

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