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Federal High Court, Lagos

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal Higher Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, restrained the particular Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting by-elections on the 14 seats declared vacant by the Edo State House of Assembly.

Justice Prophet gave typically the order while ruling around the application filed by this 14 lawmakers who were elected within the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The State Home of Set up had last year declared often the seats vacant after your lawmakers failed to present themselves for the exact inauguration at the Residence.

The fourteen lawmakers are – Victor Edoror, Washington Osifo, Vincent Uwadiae, Kingsley Ugabi, Michael Ohio-Ezomo, Sunday Aghedo, Chris Okaeben, Crosby Eribo, Aliyu Oshiomhole, Oshomah Ahmed, Ganiyu Audu, Ugiagbe Dumez, Uyi Ekhosuehi and Eric Okaka.

The Speaker of the very Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, plus INEC are usually listed as first in addition to second respondents in the suit.

The judge ruled that the order would remain binding till January 28, the date set for the hearing associated with any opposition to a restraining purchase requested simply by the congress.

The lawmakers had on December 10, 2019, submitted the ex parte application and asked the court to restrain INEC and even Okiye through going ahead with the main bye-election.

At Tuesday’s proceedings, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Ikhide Ehighelua, reminded the courtroom of his clients’ pending application together with the court’s orders regarding December 12, 2019.

While the Edo Condition Speaker was not represented by simply any lawyer, the INEC counsel, Mr. Femi Adeyemi, acknowledged that the Commission was served with all the processes because ordered by the court except the ex-parte motion.


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