- The collation of the results of the governorship polls in Bauchi has been put on hold by a Federal High Court
- This was as the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi filed a lawsuit in Abuja
- Both plaintiffs are claiming that INEC cannot review what its coalition officer has cancel and that it should not go back on its resolve to conduct a supplementary poll
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Tuesday, March 19, prevented from collating the results of the Bauchi gubernatorial poll by a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by one Justice Inyang Ekwo.
The court's order was made following a suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi, and it will remain valid untill determination of the suit is made, TVC News reports.
The plaintiffs in their suits are jointly saying that the electoral body cannot review what a collation officer has cancelled, and that INEC cannot throw away its earlier resolve to conduct a supplementary election in the state,
Added to this, both the APC and Abubakar are of the view that only the court, and not INEC, can over-run the declaration of the poll as inconclusive by the electoral officer.
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Following this, the hearing by the Federal High Court has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 20.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC had said that the collation and announcement of results from the Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi for the governorship election would be completed since the duplicate and original registration area results are available.
INEC, through its spokesperson Festus Okoye, revealed that the collation of the said results will take place on Tuesday, March 19.
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