Federal High Court Restrains INEC From Holding By-Elections in Edo
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Federal High Court Restrains INEC From Holding By-Elections in Edo

David Ugbabe

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has temporary stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission from conducting by-elections in Edo State.

The proposed election was to fill in the vacant 14 seats of the Edo State House of Assembly which were declared vacant by the Frank Okiye-led House of Assembly on December 4.

According to reports, the order stands till January 28, the date which the case was adjourned for the hearing.

The affected 14 lawmakers appeals will be heard on the adjourned date.

The lawmakers include: Victor Edoror, Washington Osifo, Vincent Uwadiae, Kingsley Ugabi, Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Sunday Aghedo, Chris Okaeben, Crosby Eribo, Aliyu Oshiomhole, Oshomah Ahmed, Ganiyu Audu, Ugiagbe Dumez, Uyi Ekhosuehi and Eric Okaka.

The court stopped the electoral body to restrain itself from taking further steps in respect to the matter pending in court based in its decision not to oppose the plaintiffs’ application.

The court also directed INEC to file an affidavit in support of its position and to show cause why the interim injunction should not be granted before the next adjourned date.

The judge directed the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly to be issued a fresh hearing notice and adjourned till January 28.

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