The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa State, Kassim Gaidam has said that the conduct of the supplementary governorship election scheduled for March 23 would depend on the outcome of the court process on Thursday.
The governorship election was declared inconclusive on March 9 among other states. However, the electoral body insist that the process may not hold on the scheduled date as it would abide by a ruling of Adamawa State high court expected on Thursday, March 21.
He said, “As a law abiding institution, we will respect the ruling of the court on the supplementary election, however, a body of lawyers headed by a senior advocate of Nigeria have been assembled to push the position of the commission on the subject of the case.
Meanwhile, Earlier report had indicated INEC’s disposition to disregard the court process over the scheduled supplementary governorship election, which made Gaidam’s articulation of INEC’s new position astonishing.
According to previous report, Yola High Court on March 14 barred INEC from conducting the March 23 supplementary governorship election in Adamawa.
The ruling by Justice Abdul-Aziz Waziri followed a request to that effect filed by counsel to the Adamawa Chapter of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Mustafa Shaba, over absence of the party logo on the ballot paper of the inconclusive election.
Giving the ruling, Justice Waziri, held that the request had merit. “The defendant herein, INEC, is restrained … from proceeding with the supplementary election in respect of Adamawa State Governorship pending the hearing and determination, which now comes up Thursday, March 21