Bauchi Guber: Court takes further decision on governorship result

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday adjourned hearing on the objection of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to its order, stopping the commission from continuing with collation and announcement of results of the Bauchi polls.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Tuesday, adjourned the case till March 21, hence restrained INEC from taking further action in any matter relating to the governorship election conducted in Bauchi on March 9, 2019.

Justice Ekwo, in his bench ruling fixed March 21, for hearing of all issues relating to the governorship polls.

He stopped INEC from proceeding with the collation, conclusion and announcement of the result of the governorship election in the state.

DAILY POST recalls that INEC on Tuesday in a counter affidavit filed insisted that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to dabble into a post-election litigation.

The counter affidavit specifically stated that the matter of post election was exclusively for the Election Petition Tribunal and not any regular court including the Federal High Court.

The electoral body further stated that the decision of the Returning Officer in respect of declaration of scores and return of candidate was the exclusive reserve of an Election Petition Tribunal.

INEC maintained that although the governorship election in Bauchi State was declared inconclusive, it however rescinded its decision based on facts that emerged later.

According to INEC, any grievances arising from that rests with the Election Petition Tribunal.

Source: Daily Post

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