No Court Order Stopping Cross River Governorship Election ,says INEC

Contrary to a widely circulated report that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the Cross River State Governorship Election scheduled for Saturday February 25, 2012, from going ahead, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has  affirmed  that 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 that the Court restrained INEC from going ahead with the Governorship Election through an order issued in Abuja on 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 on any date, as was widely reported.

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

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