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INEC Set To Announce Rivers Election Result As Court Declines Request For Restrain

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A Federal High Court in Abuja declined on Wednesday, the request by the African Action Congress, AAC, for an order of interim injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from amongst others, saying winners of the final governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State.

Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo ordered plaintiffs’ lawyer, Tawo Tawo (SAN) to place the defendants on discover, shortly after the lawyer spoke in regards to the ex-parte movement filed by his shopper.

The movement ex-parte was filed together with an originating summons marked: FHC/ ABJ/CS/303/2019, with AAC, Engr Biokpomabo Festus Awara and Pastor (Dr.) Ben-Gurion John Peter as plaintiffs.
INEC and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, have been listed as respondents within the movement which was filed on March 18 this year.

At the point out of the case on Wednesday, Justice Ekwo drew the eye of plaintiffs’ lawyer to some media stories, to the impact {that a} Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained INEC in relation to the Rivers election.

IN response, Tawo denied information of the publication, together with a Justice Ewa point out within the stories. He urged the court to disregard it.

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Shortly after, Tawo knowledgeable the court in regards to the pending ex-parte movement filed by has shoppers, which the decide declined.
Justice Ekwo, after listening to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, declined to grant the prayers contained within the movement ex-parte.

Instead, the decide ordered that the respondents be served with the movement and different course of within the go well with. He adjourned to March 25 for listening to.
The plaintiffs had, within the movement ex-parte, prayed the court for “an order directing a departure from the Rules of this honourable court for the abridgment oi time for the respondents to enter appearance and file their defence within seven days from the date of service of the originating processes on them”.

THEY and in addition prayed for “an order of interim injunction of this honourable court restraining the first respondent (INEC) from additional motion in any method in anyway together with the counting/coalition of votes, declaration and return of any candidate within the gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly election of ninth March, 2019 in Rivers State pending the listening to and willpower of the movement on discover.

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The plaintiffs recognized the grounds for his or her movement to incorporate that “INEC had earlier admitted that the election in Rivers State was marred with substantial violence that compromised the credibility of your entire course of thereby suspending the election.

“Without calling for a contemporary election, the first respondent has introduced, through a press release, that it’s now set to proceed with the election from this Wednesday, 20th March 20 19.

“Time is of the essence, therefore the need for abridgment of time within which the parties are to file their processes.”
The plaintiffs are within the substantive go well with, querying the propriety of INEC’s dealing with of the final governorship and State Assembly election in Rivers State, significantly because it pertains to its announcement of the outcomes.

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