The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is abiding by a court order to maintain a status quo on the suit filed by Senator Dino Melaye over his recall from the Senate.
Senator Dino Melaye had sort orders of injunction against the commission, to stop it from acting on the petition by the registered voters of Kogi West senatorial district, which the court obliged ordering INEC to maintain status quo on the suit.
The Commission on Friday insisted it would go ahead with the recall process as they have not been served any court ruling or process.
“As at the close of work, we were not served any order, ruling or a process from the Federal High Court.
“Even if we had received any order from the court, our legal unit will still advise us on what the status quo means. We cannot act in a vacuum. “
“Certainly, we are adhering to our timetable on the recall process. We are going ahead from Monday. Anytime we get a court order to stop the process, we will comply immediately,” a top official of the electoral commission had said.
The Commission, has, however, decided to take immediate steps to vacate the court order and for the matter to be heard and determined expeditiously.
The commission said in a statement by its National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Adedeji Soyebi, said:
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the order given by the Federal High Court, Abuja dated 6th July 2017 directing the “parties to maintain the status quo till the determination of the plaintiff’s motion on notice,” in respect of the suit filed by Senator Dino Melaye, seeking orders of injunction against the Commission, to stop it from acting on the petition by the registered voters of Kogi West Senatorial district.
“As a responsible, law-abiding institution, INEC will comply with the order.”
The court subsequently adjourned the hearing of the motion on notice to September 29, 2017.