The Federal High Court, which met in Apo, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to any candidate regarding the elections to the senatorial authorities of Aqua-Ibom, held on February 23, before that.
Judge Valentin Ashi did this in a statement in claim No. FCT / HC / M / 2680/19 with a statement by Senator Godsville Akpabio.
The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) is the defendant.
In an February 28 petition with an affidavit displaced by Daniel Daniel Idoko and filed on March 1, Senator Akpabio asked the court to allow him to file an application for “judicial review to issue a Mandamus court order, prohibition, court ban and other declarative actions.” reliefs against INEC.
Akpabio also asked the court to instruct the respondent to suspend further actions, “in particular, further actions regarding the issuance of a certificate of return to any candidate regarding the seat of the senator representing the North-West Senatorial District in an aqua-lib of the elections of February 23, 2029 “.
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Thus, the court ruled that “the applicant is granted permission to file a judicial review application in order to issue a writ banning the mandam and other declarative benefits against the defendant.”
In addition, the court decides to suspend the issuance of a certificate of return to any candidate in relation to the place requested by the applicant.
Judge Ashi also instructed the parties to first apply to the court for jurisdiction on the next postponed date, the court adjourned the case until March 8.
Meanwhile, according to the results announced by INEC, Appeong scored 118,215 votes, ahead of Akpabio at the Congress of the All-Union Congress, which received 83,158 votes in the elections to the Senate district Akwa Ibom in the North-West region. But irrefutable results from the INEC office in Akwa Ibom showed different numbers when Akpabio scored 138,256 votes against 123 843 in Ekpeyong.