Bayelsa: INEC to meet over certificate of return

Bayelsa: INEC to meet over certificate of return

- INEC is yet to decide on who is to be issued a certificate of return in Bayelsa

- The electoral commission said that it will make this decision on Friday, February 14

- The agency's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said that this is why it will meet on Friday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will meet on Friday, February 14, to decide on the issuance of the certificate of return to the rightful winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.

This was revealed on Thursday, February 13, by INEC's chief press secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Vanguard reports.

Oyekanmi told journalists that since the commission, as at the evening of Thursday, has not received a copy of the Supreme Court's verdict on Bayelsa with respect to an enrollment order, it will have to meet on Friday.

He said: "So, tomorrow, we will reconvene very early. And once we get the order, we will meet as a commission and take a decision."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that hours after the apex court's ruling against the gubernatorial election victory of David Lyon of Bayelsa, INEC had reacted to the shocking development.

Oyekanmi, speaking with journalists on Thursday, February 13, said that the commission will adhere to the ruling of the Supreme Court when given a copy of the verdict.

Oyekanmi went on to say that so far, the electoral body is yet to been officially notified by the court about its recent decision.

He said that so far, the electoral body was yet to been officially notified by the court about its recent decision.

Moreover, Festus Okoye, INEC's commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, said that the agency would go through its record to ascertain which political party came second in the poll so as to go ahead with the issuance of the Certificate of Return as ordered by the court.

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Okoye said: “We would do that when we get the judgement of the Supreme Court so that we would know clearly what the Supreme Court want us to do and we would carry it out.”

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