The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said as one of the respondents, it has replied to petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate on the 2019 presidential elections.
A statement by the national Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, Tuesday, stated that the commission was aware of the petition pending before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“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 acknowledged that “very senior lawyers are representing the petitioners and the respondents in relation to the petitions.”
It noted that “the lawyers representing the petitioners were 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 elections petition tribunal.”
According to Okoye, INEC is also aware that “issues have been joined in the said petitions as the petitioners have filed their petitions and the respondents have responded to the petitions.”
It assured that “the commission is a law-abiding institution and will continue to accord the requisite respect to judicial institutions and obey the orders of court.”