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There's a new dispute concerning the 13 open Plateau state Assembly seats. •LP candidates insist on INEC being subject to court orders



Plateau State Assembly In Dispute Over 13 Vacant Seats

There’s a new dispute concerning the 13 open Plateau state Assembly seats.

•LP candidates insist on INEC being subject to court orders.

The 13 candidates of the Labour Party (LP) assembly election have pledged to continue pushing for the execution of the court rulings they obtained against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as doubt surrounds the 16 open seats in the Plateau State Assembly.

Candidates obtained a court ruling ahead to the election in February 2023, directing the commission to include their names and party emblem on ballots that did not appear on the list of candidates.

INEC conducted the election in defiance of the ruling and without following through on it.

Honorable Henry Yunkwap of the Shendam constituency, the spokesman for the disgruntled LP candidates, told the Nigerian Tribune that despite court orders, the INEC had denied them the right to run in the election.

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He claims that up until the Plateau State Assembly candidates obtained an injunction preventing the Speaker of the State House of Assembly from swearing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vying for the seats, the INEC has refused to abide by two existing judgments.

“We feel surprised, which is why we are dragging the matter with the INEC. The commission didn’t do well for us, despite a court order. It is either the INEC conducts another election or faces contempt of court charge.

“We want justice and fairness to be done. The action is against democracy. We are appealing for justice to be done to the 13 constituencies of the Labour Party that were disenfranchised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Already, we have two judgments against the commission.”

As a result of their claimed unwillingness to swear in the 16 APC MPs who the Court of Appeal upheld, the APC has vowed to file a lawsuit against Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly and Governor Caleb Muftwang.

The party declared in a statement that it would not put up with the calculated ruse to keep preventing its members from taking the oath of office.


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