LAGOS: In spite of Court order,  INEC announces plans for supplementary poll in Ajeromi/ Ifelodun constituency

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that a supplementary election will be conducted in Ajeromi/ Ifelodun Federal Constituency of Lagos State as the February 23 National Assembly election was declared inconclusive in the constituency.

The Director and Head of Voter’s Education, INEC, Lagos State, Femi Akinbiyi made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the supplementary election would be conducted in 71 polling units across eight wards of Ajeromi/ Ifelodun with 8,984 registered voters.

Akinbiyi noted that although no date has been fixed for the poll, the Commission would conclude the election in a peaceful atmosphere, with the cooperation of the stakeholders.

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He added that the commission will hold stakeholders meeting for ‘supplementary election in the constituency’ on Wednesday.

Akinbiyi said the event would hold at 11am at the INEC office in Ajeromi/ Ifelodun Local Government.

Meanwhile, Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal High Court, Abuja had in a suit instituted by Honourable Rita Orji, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, ordered INEC to declare the result of the February 23 National Assembly elections for the constituency.

Defendants in the suit were INEC, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

Others joined in the suit are: Hon Kolawole Taiwo, Adeshola Taiwo and Ulocha Nnabugwu Oscar.

Reacting to the development, Akinbiyi, told journalists that the meeting was not meant to disregard the order of Justice Bello Kawu, but to update all stake holders.

“The essence of the meeting is to discuss all issues. We aren’t saying we aren’t complying with Order of the Court. Why not wait till tomorrow (Wednesday) for the outcome of the meeting? Please, don’t be preemptive,” he said.

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