CourtStrikes Out APC's Case Against AKISIEC Conduct Of LG Polls

A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo has struck out a case filed by All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking an order for virtual injunction restraining Akwa Ibom State Independence Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) from conducting the 2020 local government election in the 39 new wards recently created by the commission.

 The court in its ruling read by Justice Fatiu Riman also dismissed UYO the reliefs sought to declare the new wards as null and void. Justice Riman held that the AKISIEC is empowered by law to create new local government wards as contained in section 10, (2) of the AKISIEC Law 2007. 

 The court ruled that the AKISIEC law was not in consistent with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his reaction, the attorney general and commissioner for justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko Esq, said the ruling affirmed the judgement of the state High Court which had dismissed similar suit against the creation of new wards. Nwoko stated, "The argument that the other side put up here is trying to equate registration areas with electoral wards, they may look the same but for legal purposes, they are not the same. 

 He said registration areas are exclusive for Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to create but local government wards are within the exclusive power of the state. "These wards we have created will help INEC, he said, adding that Section 87 (10) of the electoral act which we cited to the court said no court can stop any election, whether it is primaries or general election. 

 On his part, counsel to the APC, Dominic Okon Esq, said he would consult his client on the next line of action. Okon maintained that the law is in the breast of the court and they have nothing other than to abide by the judgement. The ruling was in a suit between APC and the acting chairman of the party, Dr Ita Udosen, INEC, AKISIEC Akwa Ibom State government and the attorney general and commissioner for justice as defendants.

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