The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it has been served with an exparte order by the Federal High Court Abuja halting further proceedings or actions in relation to the Imo North Senatorial election of February 23, 2019.
A statement by the National Commissioner and member Information and Voter Education Committee, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said the case was instituted by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu.
According to Haruna, the order was issued by the Federal High Court on April 9, a day after it set up a committee to investigate the veracity or otherwise of allegations of misconduct in the Imo North Senatorial election.
The statement stated that the matter was adjourned to April 30, 20l9 for hearing.
The statement read, “Further to our statement of 4th April 20l9 on the setting up of a Committee by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the veracity or otherwise of allegations of misconduct in the Imo North Senatorial election, the Commission wishes to inform the public that the Committee has completed its assignment.
“However, the Commission has been served with an ex parte order halting further action on the matter.
“The order issued by the Federal High Court Abuja on 9th April 20l9 specifically ordered the Commission to stay “ALL FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ACTIONS by the Respondent (INEC) pertaining, relating or connected with the declaration of Imo North Senatorial District election results of 23rd February and 9 March 2019, pending the determination of the application for prohibition”.
“The case which was instituted by Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate against INEC a day after it set up Committee. has been adjourned to 30′ April 20l9 for hearing.”