The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says supplementary election will not hold in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, due to an ongoing court case.
The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television.
Oyekanmi added that the commission will hold the election in other affected areas of the state on Saturday. March 23.
“We are going to conduct an election in Bauchi tomorrow except in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area because of the court action instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate,” he said.
Although the electoral body has obeyed the restraining order. But insists that elections would hold in other Local Government Areas of Bauchi State, and the Commission has instituted an action to vacate the court order.
He regretted the rate at which politicians file litigation in court, and appealed to politicians to be matured enough to accept the outcome of election whether they lose or win in the contest.
Oyekanmi admitted to the possibility that people will be confused, following the court injunction constraining INEC from going ahead with the poll in Tafawa Balewa LGA, but explained that the electoral body has tried to sensitise the public on recent developments.
“We were prepared for the election and we have mobilised. I think we have sensitised the public. All of a sudden, we had this court issue which shouldn’t really be there in the first place.
“As a law-abiding agency, we have to comply with the order. But we are challenging that order. People will be confused as to what is going on, our Benue State office is trying its best to sensitise the stakeholders as to what is really going on and to encourage them to come out and vote,” he added.