Court Stops Inec From Conducting Adamawa Governorship Rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has been restrained from conducting the Adamawa governorship supplementary election scheduled for 23rd March.

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The restraining order was delivered on Thursday by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of the Adamawa State High Court in Yola.

Candidate of the Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Eric Theman, filed the suit challenging Inec over missing logo of his party on the ballot papers.

“I hereby made the following orders: The defendant herein the Independent National Electoral Commission is restrained whether by themselves, their agents, servants, representatives, nominees or any other person from proceeding with the supplementary election with respect to Adamawa State Governorship pending the hearing and determination of Motion on notice,” Justice Waziri ordered.

The case was adjourned to 21st of March for hearing of motion for Interlocutory injunction.

The electoral umpire had declared the governorship election in the northeast state as inconclusive after collating results from all the 21 local government areas that make up the state.

According to Inec, the margin of lead between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri, and his All Progressives Congress (APC) challenger, Governor Muhammad Jibrilla, was lower than the total number of registered voters in 44 polling units where the poll was cancelled.