Posted by Charles Iwuoha, Enugu | 28 October 2017 | 1,340 times
The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission, (ENSIEC), before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu over the forthcoming local government election in the state.
The suit has the APC, its chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, Okoye Hillary Monday and Philip Ogechukwu Eze as plaintiff on behalf of other candidates; while ENSIEC and INEC are joined as 1st and 2nd defendants, respectively.
In a motion on notice brought pursuant to Order 26&28 of the Federal High Court Rules, 2009, the APC is seeking “An order mandating the first respondent to publish the list of names of the 260 candidates for councillorship positions of various wards and 17 candidates for local government chairmen submitted to them by the applicants as their validly nominated candidates to contest for the November 4, 2017 Local Government/councillorship election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
APC is seeking: “An order restraining the 2nd respondent from releasing the voters’ registers of Enugu State to the 1st respondent for the purpose of conducting and organising the chairmanship and councillorship elections in the local government areas of Enugu State until the names of the candidates presented by the applicants are included and published as candidates for the various area councils/wards they represent, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“An order restraining the 1st respondent from conducting the local government chairmanship/councillorship elections without including and publishing the names of candidates submitted by the applicant to contest, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”
The plaintiffs claimed that according to the law, they “submitted to the 1st respondent the list of her qualified and nominated candidates for the November 4th local government election in Enugu State as the umpire in the election.
“The first defendant without any powers under any known law verified, screened and purportedly disqualified candidates of the plaintiff without any reason.
“The first defendant without any reason failed and/or neglected to publish the voters’ register of voters in Enugu State 30 days before the election as required by the law.”
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