By Andy Chukwu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State has halted its planned collation of results of the March 9 governorship election for Tafawa-Balewa Local Government Area of the state.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Bauchi said that the decision was as a result of a court order received by the commission restraining it from collation and subsequent announcement of Tafawa Balewa LG governorship results.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in receipt of a court order restraining it from proceeding with the collation and announcement of results in respect of Tafawa Balewa governorship only.
“I must also add that the order which was sought and granted by the court does not include the Tafawa Balewa state constituency.
“For this reason, we are going to make arrangement to continue with the state constituency collation and subsequently announce the result,” said the commissioner.
Abdullahi also said the scheduled 23rd March supplementary gubernatorial election in affected polling units in other local government areas will go on as scheduled.
The REC called on the people to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that INEC would do the right thing by announcing the true winner of the election.
INEC had on March 15 approved the resumption of collation and conclusion of results of Tafawa-Balewa Local Government Area in relation to governorship election using available existing duplicate and original results from Registration Areas.
However, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered INEC not to go ahead with its plan to collate, conclude and announce the results of the governorship election in Bauchi State held on March 9.
Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order based on an ex-parte application filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the incumbent governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar.