By Temitope Owotoki
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has promised to respect all court orders relating to the ongoing petitions at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
Barrister Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Information, in a statement, said INEC would obey all court processes in the petition but would not jpoin issues with anyone in the media in the course of the hearings.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission is aware that there are petitions pending before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The Commission is also aware that issues have been joined in the said petitions as the petitioners have filed their petitions and the respondents have responded to the petitions.
“The Commission as one of the respondents in the Petition filed by the PDP and its Presidential Candidate has responded to the said Petition.
“The Commission is aware that very senior lawyers are representing the Petitioners and the respondents in relation to the said petitions.
“The Commission is a law-abiding institution and will not argue or canvass in the media, petitions that are sub-judice and where the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is firmly seized of the issues.
“The Lawyers representing the Petitioners are seized of the state of the law and the course to take if they truly believe that the Commission is in disobedience of the orders of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
“The Commission is a law-abiding institution and will continue to accord the requisite respect to judicial institutions and obey the orders of court,” he said.