A request by the African Action Congress (AAC) and its Rivers governorship candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, for an Abuja high court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from collating the governorship and house of assembly elections results in the state has been dismissed.
- Backstory: Rivers state is the only state where winners are yet to be declared for any of the elections conducted on March 9th. But the AAC (and its ally, the All Progressives Congress, APC) do not want the process to continue.
Ruling: Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled on Tuesday that:
- Since this is a post-election issue, the appropriate thing is for the plaintiffs to take their case to the election petition tribunal.
- He agreed with the PDP’s objection that the high court lacked jurisdiction to hear a case that was seeking post-election prayers.
- He consequently declined jurisdiction and dismissed the case.
The show must go on: INEC had previously announced that it would resume collation and announcement of results between today (2nd April) and Friday (5th April).
- Where necessary, supplementary election would be held about a week later on 13th April.
- With the court ruling on Tuesday, INEC is expected to proceed with its timetable.