An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has given a nod to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue with the collation of results in Bauchi State, after an initial suspension of results collation and announcement.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, had filed a suit, asking the court to determine whether INEC has the powers to decide collation of results after declaring the election inconclusive.
Justice Inyang Ekwo clarified a misunderstanding. He said there was never a time that his court granted the ex parte application made by Abubakar’s lawyer, Mr Raji, SAN.
The Judge noted that the court merely ordered the parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit before him.
The judge said: “The issue at hand happened during an election. And the complaint was also made as a result of an election, subsequently.”
Mr Ekwo therefore, declined to give a pronouncement on the substantive matter and deferred his decision to allow the election tribunal to make a pronouncement on the substantive matter.
The court also ruled that the order to maintain status quo earlier granted on the matter has been lifted.
The import of the new decision is that INEC can now proceed with its decision to continue collation of results.
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