The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said its Committee has concluded investigation to determined what it described as “the veracity or otherwise of the allegations of misconduct in the Imo North Senatorial Election.”
The Commission also noted, however, that INEC has been “served an ex parte order halting further action on the matter.”
INEC in a statement issued by Mohammed Haruna, National Commissioner, and Member Information and Voter Education Committee, noted that Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Candidate, had instituted a case against INEC a day after the Commission set up Committee to investigate the matter.
The statement reads in full:
“Further to our statement of 4th April 2019 on the setting up of a Committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the allegations of misconduct in the Imo North Senatorial Election, the Commission wishes to inform the public that the Committee has completed its assignment.
“However, the Commission has been served an ex parte order halting further action on the matter.
“The order, issued by the Federal High Court Abuja on 9th April 2019, specifically ordered the Commission to stay “ALL FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ACTIONS by the Respondent (INEC) pertaining, relating or connected with the declaration of Imo Senatorial District result of 23rd February and 9th March 2019, pending the determination of the application for prohibition.”
“The case, which was instituted by Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, the All Progressive Congress, APC, Candidate, against INEC a day after it set up Committee, has been adjourned to 30th April 2019 for hearing.
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