BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, expressed its intention to challenge the suit seeking to nullify the registration of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Therefore, the electoral body persuaded the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to grant a short adjournment to enable it to file a composite counter affidavit in opposition to the suit which was entered by a political group, the African Peoples Congress, APC.
Besides, INEC which, through its lawyer, Mr. Ibrahim Bawa, denied the allegation that it had deliberately frustrated hearing on the suit, insisted that it was rather the plaintiffs that stalled the determination of the matter “through unnecessary distractions”.
INEC said: “My Lord, we are ready for this case. All our papers are ready. So far as we are concerned, there is nothing to be afraid of in this matter as the electoral body followed the due process of the law in the registration exercise.
“We are determined to take all the applications in this matter as they come. The truth is that all the processes in this matter have since been filed.
“It was the filing of unnecessary applications by the plaintiffs that had stalled the matter.”