No Court Order Stopping Cross River Governorship Election ,says INEC

Contrary to a widely circulated report a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the River State Governorship Election scheduled for Saturday February 25, 2012, from going ahead, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has  affirmed   there is no such order.

INEC in a statement this evening by Kayode Idowu the chief press secretary to the commission’s chairman in a statement said”This clarification becomes necessary against the background of the report the Court restrained INEC from going ahead with the Governorship Election through an order issued in Abuja Monday, February 20, 2012.

“For avoidance of doubt, INEC has not been served with the purported Court order. The Commission indeed took the pain to check with the Court today February 21, 2012, whether there was such an order. The Court categorically denied issuing the said order. Actually, neither has the Court summoned INEC for defence any date, as was widely reported.

Idowu said “The Commission hereby calls the public to be wary of interests that may want to stall the ongoing electoral processes through sensational reports of phantom Court orders. INEC Nigerians for keeping faith with the national quest for a credible and durable democracy, and hereby urges River State to turn out en masse and exercise their franchise in the Governorship Election holding Saturday.

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