We Won’t Argue Sub Judice Petitions In Public, INEC Tells PDP

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would not canvass or offer any opinion on any electoral matter that has been brought before a court of law.

INEC said this in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Publicity, on Monday in reaction to comments made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP had in a statement also on Monday accused the electoral umpire of disobeying a court order by refusing to release the electoral materials used for the conduct of the February 23 Presidential Election.

But INEC said it was mindful of the petitions pending before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

The statement read: “The Commission is a law-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.

“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 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.”

INEC reiterated that it is a law-abiding institution and will continue to accord the requisite respect to judicial institutions and obey the orders of the court.

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