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Adamawa State Supplementary Governorship Election Will Not Hold This Saturday - INEC

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The Adamawa State supplementary governorship election slated for
Saturday has been put on hold as Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of the Adamawa
State High Court on Thursday in Yola, adjourned ruling on a counter
motion filed by INEC, seeking to vacate a motion ex parte restraining
INEC from conducting the supplementary governorship election.  

The Judge cited personal health condition as the reason ruling on the
matter could not be done on Thursday. He therefore adjourned till
Tuesday next week for ruling.

Speaking on the court’s decision, Tanimu Inuwa, counsel to INEC,
said: “As far as I’m concerned, it is a normal day; we canvassed our
position, because the plaintiff wanted to stop us from conducting the
supplementary election on the ground that they claimed exclusion.

Our position is that the court does not have jurisdiction, because by
the provisions of both the Electoral Act and the Constitution, it’s
only a relevant tribunal that has jurisdiction to entertain this matter.

More so that the commission had published the list of candidates for
the governorship election in Adamawa 30 days to election without their
candidate, where were they? Assuming that in this election, a winner had
been declared what would they have done?  

Fundamentally though, our argument is that the court does not have
jurisdiction. There’s no material placed before this court to warrant
the court to entertain this matter.”  

With the adjournment, it is now clear that the supplementary
governorship election would not hold on Saturday March 23, 2019, as
scheduled, more so that Kassim Gaidam, the Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC) in charge of Adamawa had stressed that the commission
has “a very good tradition of compliance with court orders”.

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