Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Breaking; INEC says will obey Court Order restraining Governor Obaseki from participating in Edo PDP primary election (Edo gov'ship 2020)

Breaking; INEC to obey Court Order which restrains Governor Obaseki from participating in Edo PDP primary election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has released a statement , quoting that the Commission will obey court order and judgements .
it would be Recalled that PDP aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama, has filled a suit , insisting Governor Godwin Obaseki did not purchase the governorship form within the stipulated time and so should not be allowed to participate in the Primaries, slated for June 25, 2020. The case was adjourned to Thursday, June 24, 2020.

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But an Edo High Court of Justice in Ekpoma has restrained the People’s Democratic Party and the INEC from removing , excluding , preventing or purporting to exclude governor Obaseki or any other cleared aspirant from participating in the primaries.
INEC’s spokesman, Festus Okoye confirmed to Leadership newspaper that the electoral commission in line with its policy on respecting court orders has resolved to respect the order by Hon. Justice E.A. Obile.

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But later this evening , INEC released an official statement, and part Part of  it reads......

Court Orders;
Political parties should note that the organization and scheduling of various activities and processes leading to the conduct of elections are complex and involve extensive and careful planning and any disruption of these processes comes at a huge cost to the nation. The spat and tenor of pre-election litigation and the conflicting orders emanating therefrom can harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections . The Commission is closely monitoring the cases arising from the administration of political parties, the conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates. This notwithstanding, the Commission restated its avowed commitment to continue to obey all orders and judgements from properly constituted courts in accordance with the rule of law.

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