Okigwe Senate to wait as Court restrains INEC from taking further action

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The hope of resolving the Imo North Senate imbrogolio may be much longer than expected as a federal high court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) from taking further action on the Okigwe senatorial election.

Although the electoral commission had earlier declared Benjamin Uwajumogu winner of the poll that held on Feburary 23, it did not issue him a certificate of return.

The Electoral commission had set up a committee to review the conduct of the election.

It is on this decision that Senator-elect moved on to challenge INEC’s decision in court.

At the court on Wednesday, Taiwo Taiwo, the judge, ordered INEC to stay any further action pending the determination of the application “for prohibition.”

The judge also granted Uwajumogu permission to apply for a judicial review of INEC’s decision.

Taiwo further ordered the senator-elect to serve all the necessary processes on the respondent within three days.

Meanwhile a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) had given a two-day ultimatum to the electoral commission to issue a certificate of return to the senator-elect and upon failure of INEC to harken to such threat,saw the CSOs protest at the head quarters of the electoral umpire on tuesday.

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