Reports have it that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Thursday, ordered INEC to issue Ararume Certificate of Return as winner of the Imo North Senatorial bye-election within 72 hours of the judgement.
Hours later on the same day, an Owerri High Court presided by Justice E. O. Agada, gave an opposite Order, restraining the Commission from issuing Ararume with the Certificate of Return.
“The recent ones relate to the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja and the ex-parte Order from State High Court in Owerri.
“The Legal Department of the Commission will meet and present a memo to the Legal Services, Clearance and Compliance Committee of the Commission.
“The Legal Services and Clearance Committee will in turn deliberate on the matter and present a memo to the Commission.
“The Commission will deliberate on the matter, take a decision and inform the public. Hence, these judgements must of necessity pass through our processes and procedures. We are not a Court of law. We do not have adjudicatory powers.