The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) expressed concern regarding conflicting court orders issued from courts of coordinate jurisdiction.
This was revealed on Monday by the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the commission’s third quarterly meeting with political parties.
He said, “I am aware that some cases are still in court and therefore sub judice. I must say that some of the decided cases are making our work difficult and we have been crying out loud for a long time.
“Consequently, in some instances, political parties were declared winners without candidates to immediately receive the Certificates of Return on account of protracted and conflicting litigations or where Courts rather than votes determine winners of elections.”
Yakubu blamed politicians seeking to outsmart each other on the growing number of conflicting court orders.
He further said, “What is most disconcerting for us is that the more INEC strives to improve the credibility and transparency of our electoral process, the more extraneous obstacles are put in our way through litigation.
However, the Commission appreciates the recent statement by His Lordship, the Chief Justice of Nigeria as well as the strongly-worded concern by the Nigerian Bar Association.”