The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has filed an objection to the order of a Federal High Court in Abuja halting the collation and announcement of results of the governorship election held in Bauchi State on March 9th.
In a counter affidavit which was deposed to by a Higher Executive Officer in INEC’s Legal Services Department of the commission Hassan Adamu, who argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to dabble into a post-election matter such as the outcome of the Bauchi governorship election.
The lawyer informed the court that the decision of INEC to conclude collation for the disputed Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area was made based on figures contained in the duplicates of results of the election.
INEC contended that the election petitions tribunal had the exclusive jurisdiction to review the decision of the commission in electoral matters. [