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INEC Stops Supplementary Election In Adamawa

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Two days to the conduct of Adamawa governorship supplementary election, the Independent National Electoral Commission says the election will no longer hold

The supplementary governorship election scheduled for Saturday will not hold in Adamawa State.

This is as a result of a suit filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Mustafa Shaba, governorship candidate of the Movement For Restoration and Defense for Democracy (MRDD).

Shaba had sued the commission over the omission of his party’s logo on the electoral materials used in the March 9 election.

The court had initially asked INEC not to go ahead with the supplementary election but the commission said the court order was not binding on it.

Citing section 87 sub-section 10 of the electoral act, Kassiam Gaidam, resident electoral commissioner (REC) of Adamawa state, had said: “Going by the electoral act, even court orders cannot stop any election at this point. Although we are not aware of any court restraining INEC, however let me tell you that court order will not stop any election.”

But Gaidam made a U-turn on Wednesday, saying the commission had been served with the court order.

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He added that the court will determine the fate of the supplementary governorship election.

“I want to confirm to you that today, indeed a court order was served on the commission’s headquarters, and the commission in its usual very good tradition of compliance with court orders has sent appropriate notices, filed counter motions and counter originating sermon,” he said.

“We would be waiting to hear the outcome or the decision the court will take tomorrow.”

On Thursday, Abdulazeez Waziri, a member of the panel presiding over the case, adjourned the matter till Tuesday.

He had first ordered journalists out of the courtroom before delivering his judgment.