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Court fixes April 1st for ruling over Ogbia supplementary elections

A  Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa presided by Justice Iyang has fixed ruling for April 1st 2019, restraining  the National Independent Electoral Commission  (INEC) from conducting supplementary election  in Ogbia constituency 2 House of Assembly elections.

The matter was brought to the court by the Accord (Party AP) candidate for the Ogbia constituency 2, Hon. Cleric Awodu is seeking to declare him as the winner among other prayers.

Accord Party (AP) counsel, Barrister Ibinteli Ibanichuka had earlier deposited 52 pages affidavit to support his claims 0n the elections that was conducted by INEC at ward two and three in Ogbia constituency two state House of Assembly elections.

He went further to pray that the court should grant the plaintiff an injunction because election results had already been collated, adding that the winner should be declared.

However, the presiding Judge, Justice Iyang stated that the court lacks the power to stop INEC from conducting the supplementary election in Ogbia constituency tw0 units.

She further directed the plaintiff counsel to carefully study the electoral act to be guided.
In her response, defense counsel urged the court to strike out matter because it lacks merit.

Meanwhile, the Accord Party still maintains that they are not participating in the supplementary elections in Bayelsa state.


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