Candidates ask INEC to obey court order, issue certificates of return

Having secured a court order given by an FCT High Court, some candidates of different political parties in Bauchi State have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the order which directed INEC to issue them  Certificates of Return as duly elected members of the National Assembly.

The candidates including Garba Dahiru of PDP Bauchi South, Auwal Jatau of PDP Zaki Federal Constituency, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim of the PDP, Alkaleri/Kirfi Federal Constituency, Dayyabu Ciroma of the PRP Darazo/ Ganjuwa Federal constituency and Isa Wabu of the NNPP Gamawa Federal Constituency declared that the only way to demonstrate true democracy is for INEC to obey the court order.

While addressing a joint press conference at the NUJ Secretariat in Bauchi on Saturday, the candidates lamented that over two weeks since the decision of the Federal High Court delivered by Hon Justice Bello Kawu, they were yet to receive their certificates of return from INEC.

Reading from a statement signed by all candidates, Garba Dahiru, who spoke on their behalf, explained that the court judgment and order was delivered and received at the INEC headquarters on 28th May 2019.

Garba Dahiru, who ran for Senate for Bauchi South, said they expected the INEC to obey the court order which nullified votes scored by the All Progressive Congress candidates and ordered the second defendant, INEC to issue certificates of return to the candidates that came second in the areas.

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He said: “It is on record that INEC has been respecting court orders religiously and very much up its responsibility as an unbiased electoral umpire that has withdrawn over 64 certificates of return based on various court orders and with valid reasons to date.

“However, over two weeks now since INEC has been served with court order yet certificates of return have not been issued to us despite the fact that it is only subsisting court order and all necessary due process has been observed and complied with adequately as provided,” he added.

Garba Dahiru further said that “we have no doubt that INEC has stayed above board and discharged its constitutional responsibilities diligently for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians, which over time earned it the mark of integrity and excellence more especially under the present.”

All other candidates concurred with Garba Dahiru and appealed to INEC to do the needful by immediately obeying the court order to enable them take part in the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.