A Federal High Court in Abuja has vacated the order stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from collating Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area election results for the Bauchi Governorship election.

The court also declined jurisdiction on the matter at the resumed hearing on Monday.

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Recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order halting the collation on Tuesday following an ex parte application filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC and the incumbent governor of the state, Mohammed Abubakar.

The judge granted an interim injunction restraining INEC from resuming, concluding and announcing the governorship election result in Bauchi State, pending the determination of all issues raised by the APC and Gov. Abubakar in their originating summons.

But INEC had insisted that only the Election Petition Tribunal had the jurisdiction to hear the matter since the election had already held in part.
 
However, in his judgment, Justice Ekwo agreed that his court and the Election Petition Tribunal had concurrent jurisdiction to review the decision of INEC to reverse its earlier decision to conduct a supplementary election in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area until the final results of the election are announced.

He noted, however, that it was more appropriate to allow the Election Petition Tribunal to hear the complaints of the plaintiffs since the tribunal would have a broader jurisdiction to hear the complaint and the ones that would arise after the final results had been announced, and the winner returned.

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