Ahead of Saturday’s rerun national and state legislative polls, a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the military from deploying its troops to conduct, monitor and supervise the election.
Justice George Omereji gave the order following a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Rivers State chairman of the party, Felix Obuah.
The ruling came as Governor NyesomWike yesterday accused the Police High Command of a plot to arrest Obuah 48 hours to the elections, describing the alleged plan as politically motivated and aimed at giving an advantage to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has taken delivery of electoral materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and has commenced distribution.
Justice Omereji of the Port Harcourt High Court issued an order restraining the Chief of Army Staff from deploying troops for the rerun polls. He ordered the PDP to serve the judgment on the military for them to comply.
The judge hinged the court’s decision on a judgment by the Appeal Court in acase between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and others in 2015 detailing the non- involvement of the Armed Forces in elections.
“Leave be and is hereby granted the applicants to issue and serve the originating motion of the jurisdiction of this Honorable court on the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and the Brigade Commander of Second Amphibious Brigade and INEC at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,” he said.
Source: The Guardian
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