21 February 2012
A Federal High Court sitting in
Abuja Monday restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from going ahead with Saturday 's governorship election in . Cross River State
Justice Abdul Kafarati issued the order following an application filed and argued ex-parte by Mr. Nmerengwa Alozie, counsel to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and its governorship candidate, Dr. Obol Patrick Okomiso, who are the plaintiffs.
However, INEC still has a chance to salvage the situation as Justice Kafarati abridged the time for the commission to appear before him to defend the suit.
He ordered INEC to come to court on Thursday, February 28th for its defence.
The plaintiffs had argued that INEC did not have the power to reschedule the election to less than 48 days to the initial date fixed for the election.
According to them, the election had been earlier scheduled by INEC to hold on April 14, 2012 in view of the mandatory timetable set by the Electoral Act for submission of names and addresses of party candidates for that election.
They argued that INEC had no legal justification whatsoever to bring forward the date for the said election.