The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has responded to claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on a petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal over the outcome of 2019 presidential election.
The PDP had in a statement on Monday said the commission after rigging 2019 presidential election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been frustrating its petition challenging the outcome of the poll.
But responding in a statement later on Monday by its National Commissioner and chairman of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC said it is “a law-abiding institution and will not argue or canvass in the media, petitions that are sub-judice and where the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is firmly seized of the issues.”
Okoye, meanwhile noted that the electoral body was aware of the petitions pending before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
He also said the commission was mindful that the issues have been joined in the said petitions as the petitioners have filed their petitions and the respondents have responded to the petitions.
“The commission as one of the respondents in the petition filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate has responded to the said petition.
“The commission is aware that very senior lawyers are representing the petitioners and the respondents in relation to the said petitions.
“The Lawyers representing the petitioners are seized of the state of the law and the course to take if they truly believe that the commission is in disobedience of the orders of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal,” Okoye said.
He further reiterated that INEC remains a law-abiding institution and will continue to accord the requisite respect to judicial institutions and obey the orders of the court.