As Court orders halt in collation, announcement of result in Rivers
The Rivers Commissioner for Information, Emma Okah has said that there is no injunction stopping the collation of results in Rivers state.
Okah made this known in a text massage to our reporter.
The reports said that a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to halt the collation and announcement of the result of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Rivers State held on March 9, 2019.
But the Spokesman for Rivers State APC, Christ Finebone on his part confirmed the said report and that the court has halt the resumption of suspended Rivers governorship and state assemblies elections.
Reports said ‘a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to halt the collation and announcement of the result of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Rivers State held on March 9, 2019.
‘Speaking, Justice Iyang Ewa of the Federalm High Court ordered the commission to halt its scheduled resumption of the announcement of the result, based on an ex parte application filed by the AAC candidates Awara Biokpomabo
‘Justice Ewa further ordered INEC to appear before the court on Friday for the hearing of the suit filed against it by AAC and its candidate in the election.
‘He also affirmed that the court would give its final order after it concludes the suits brought before it by the plaintiffs.
‘INEC, represented by Ransome Uwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), approached the court with a motion challenging its jurisdiction.
Mohammed Abali, counsel to the plaintiffs, however, objected to the application of INEC, informing the court that the order issued on Monday asking the electoral umpire to show why the requests of the plaintiffs should not be granted had not been obeyed.
‘The commission had rescheduled the collation of the results that had been previously suspended for Wednesday, after it was alleged that the African Action Congress (AAC) candidate was leading in the results so far declared at the various collations centres.
It was gathered that there was a disruption of the collation process at some collation centres which led to the suspension the electoral process.
‘However, after the report by a fact-finding committee set up to investigate electoral irregularities that characterised the poll, INEC scheduled the continuation of the process for Wednesday, March 20, 2019.’