Adamawa State High Court sitting in Yola the State Capital on Thursday restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting a supplementary Governorship Election in Adamawa, fixed for March 23.
The interim restraining order issued by Justice Abdul-Aziz Waziri, followed an application filed by counsel to the Adamawa Chapter of the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Mr Mustafa Shaba, who are challenging the omission of the party logo on the ballot paper.
Ruling on the application, Justice Waziri said that after going through the two affidavits in support of the motion and the application of extreme urgency, he believed that the request has merit and therefore granted.
“After careful perusal of the a annexture of the MRDD 1 to 5 alongside written address of counsel urging me to grant the application, I am of the view that the application is pregnant with merit and must be granted.
“I hereby grant the application and make the following order.
“The defendant herein, the INEC is hereby restrained whether by themselves, their executives, servants, privies, representative nominees or any other person or persons from proceeding with the supplementary election in respect of Adamawa State Governorship pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.”
Justice Waziri further ordered that all the processes relating to the suit be served on Adamawa State INEC office in Yola in compliance with Order 6 of the Court.
He adjourned the case to March 21 for hearing of motion for the interlocutory injunction.
Speaking to newsmen on the development, counsel to MRDD, Mr Mustafa Shaba said the plaintiff, MRDD represented by the state chairman of the party, Ibrahim Umar, rushed to the court to complain against what he described as “serious infraction”.
“The party has come to court and fortunately the election has not been concluded to stop INEC from further breaching of the party’s candidate (Rev. Eric Theman) right.
“We want the logo to be place and the election to start afresh.
“What we applied for today is for Interim injunction restraining INEC as it is for now from proceeding with the inconclusive election until the needful is done,” Shaba said.