Court summons INEC, Wike to explain why guber polls shouldn’t be suspended in Rivers
INEC and the Rivers State Government have been ordered to appear before a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to explain why Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections should not be suspended.
This was in response to a lawsuit filed by Chief Tonte Ibraye, the Governorship Candidate of the Africa Democratic Congress, ADC, and the Party (ADC), requesting the postponement of the March 11 Governorship election in Rivers State.
Tonte filed an Expertise Motion pursuant to Order 26, Rule 1, 2, 3, 6(1), and 7, Order 28 Rule 1(1) and (2) of the Federal High Court ( Civil Procedure)
Rule 2019 of the court stated that the new Executive Orders issued by the Rivers State Government had a negative impact on the state’s electoral process.
In the suit filed in Abuja FHC/ABJ/CS/246/2023, Chief Tonte Ibraye and ADC sought the suspension of the gubernatorial election in the state on four grounds.
Today, however, the Experte Motion transferred to Port Harcourt and received by Mrs. G.I. Obata, Registrar of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, was heard.
Governor of Rivers State (1st defendant), Attorney General of Rivers State (2nd defendant), Peoples Democratic Party (3rd defendant), and Independent National Electoral Commission (4th defendant) have been ordered to appear before the court tomorrow, March 8th, at 1:00 pm.
Mohammed stated that the parties must be present to argue why Saturday’s elections should not be postponed.
The plaintiffs seek an Order of Interim Injunction prohibiting the 1st Defendant, its representatives, agents, privies, and/or anyone acting through it from further implementing and enforcing Executive Orders RVSG-21 2022 issued on 4 October 2022 and RVSG-22 2022 issued on 11 November 2022 by the 1 Defendant, pending the determination of the motion on notice before this Honorable Court.
In addition, they seek an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the 4′′ Defendant (INEC) by itself, its representatives, agents, privies, and/or anyone acting through it from conducting the upcoming gubernatorial election scheduled for 11′′ March 2023 in Rivers State pending the determination of the motion on notice before the Honorable Court.
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