TRACKING >Confusion in Bayelsa State as a (FCT) High Court sitting in Abuja Wednesday issued an order restraining the state Independent Electoral Commission (BSEIC) from conducting the local government elections scheduled for August 10.
The restraining order was issued by Justice Venchak Gaba of the FCT High Court in a ruling on an ex parte motion marked: M/7079/19 brought by Micah Akeems and the National Rescue Movement (NRM), which had the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BSIEC as defendants.
According to Ripplesnigeria, Justice Gaba in his ruling said:“Upon listening to a motion ex parte and accompanying affidavit by T. I. Iber, it is hereby ordered as follows:,”An order of this court granting an interim injunction restraining the defendants servants, assigns and privies or any other person under their directive or control from taking any further steps in compliance with the guidelines for the local government elections 2019 published and released by the second defendant with a view to proceeding to conduct the local government election in the eight local government areas in Bayelsa State fixed for August 10 pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in the suit.”
Recall that the plaintiffs/applicants had earlier asked the court for an order restraining the second defendant from holding the local government poll in the state pending the hearing and determination of the suit challenging the holding of the election.
The presiding judge later adjourned the case till October 9 for further hearing.