The Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC has suspended “all preparations for the conduct of governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, which was scheduled to hold on Saturday, 11th October, 2014”.
This decision was announced in a statement by H. Adamu, Ag. Secretary of INEC on Wednesday.Adamu said the move was in compliance with the restraining order by a Federal High Court in Abuja same day.
INEC’s statement noted that, “The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, delivered judgment in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/545/2014 between Barrister Bala James Nggilari vs. Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly & 5 Ors. The Court declared that Barrister Bala James Nggilari did not resign from his office as Deputy Governor of Adamawa State as required by the Constitution and granted, among others, an order restraining INEC from conducting a bye-election to fill the office of Governor of Adamawa State.
“In compliance with the court order, INEC hereby suspends all preparations for the conduct of governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, which was scheduled to hold on Saturday, 11th October, 2014”, the commission’s acting secretary said.
Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation ,Mohammed Adoke had earlier urged INEC to keep all plans toward the election in abeyance in compliance with the court verdict which sacked Ahmadu Fintiri and ordered the swearing in of Ngilari.