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We’ll not join issues with PDP over election petition – INEC



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Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it was aware that there were petitions pending before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, therefore, would not join issues with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as doing that will amount to sub-judice.

According to Festus Okoye National Commissioner & Chairman Information & Voter Education Committee, in a press release yesterday, he maintained that the Commission is also aware that issues have been joined in the said petitions as the petitioners have filed their petitions and the respondents have responded to the petitions. The Commission as one of the respondents in the Petition filed by the PDP and its Presidential Candidate has responded to the said Petition.

“The Commission is aware that very senior lawyers are representing the Petitioners and the respondents in relation to the said petitions.

“The Commission is a Iaw-abiding institution and will not argue or canvass in the media, petitions that are sub-judice and where the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is firmly seized of the issues.”

Barr Okoye speaking further stated that; “The Lawyers representing the Petitioners are seized of the state of the law and the course to take if they truly believe that the Commission is in disobedience of the orders of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

“The Commission is a Iaw-abiding institution and will continue to accord the requisite respect to judicial institutions and obey the orders of court,” he added.

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