INEC Decides On Ebonyi Judgment About Gov Umahi, Others Next Week

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the final decision on the judgment in respect of the Ebonyi State Governor and his deputy as well as some members of the State House of Assembly.

The resolution to postpone the date for the final decision to be taken next week was made today, March 17, at a meeting of the stakeholders.

A statement yesterday, March 17 by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said that the Commission was briefed by its Litigation and Prosecution Department, including an update on litigations, showing that in the last three months, the Commission has been joined in seventy-one new cases in various Courts across the country.

“Most of these cases, including the widely discussed one on Ebonyi State, involve either intra-party issues or litigants seeking for various reliefs from the Courts that entail consequential orders that are binding on the Commission.”

The statement said that the judgment in the case of Ebonyi State was about the defection of the Governor and Deputy-Governor and sixteen members of the State House of Assembly from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The Commission has been served with nine separate Orders and Motions from various Courts on this matter.

“Just as the Commission was about to commence deliberation on them, its attention was drawn to additional Court processes served today in respect of the matter.

“Consequently, the Commission decided to defer its deliberation on the Ebonyi cases and stepped down the listed Memorandum to enable its Legal Services and Clearance Committee to study the new processes in the light of the previously served ones and advise the Commission comprehensively.

“The Commission will meet again next week to deliberate on the matter and thereafter make its decision public.”

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