…insists his tenure terminates April 2012
By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State, yesterday, approached a federal high court sitting in Abuja, praying it to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from going ahead with its plans to conduct governorship election in that state come 2011.
The plaintiff who equally listed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the 2nd defendant in the suit, maintained that governorship election would only be due in Kogi State in April 2012, contending that he was sworn into office on April 5, 2008.
Consequently, he is urging the high court to further stop PDP from conducting primaries for the governorship election in Kogi State with regards to the guideline/timetable recently released by the INEC for the forthcoming general election scheduled for January 2011.
Filing the originating processes at the high court yesterday, counsel to the plaintiff, Chief Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, insisted that his client resorted to go to court after INEC refused to acknowledge a letter he said was sent to it, asking it to discontinue the planned governorship elections in Kogi State come 2011.
Adamawa, Cross River, Bayelsa, Sokoto to file similar suit
Meantime, indications emerged yesterday that four other states might have concluded plans to approach the Abuja federal high court over the same issue. The states are Adamawa, Cross River, Bayelsa and Sokoto.
INEC had hitherto disclosed that election would be conducted in the listed states in 2011, a decision that has since elicited varying responses from incumbent governors of these states who are currently agitating that going ahead with the scheduled elections, would amount to abridging their affirmed 4 years tenure.