The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to obtain an order from court stopping the swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari and all the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates who won in the just concluded general elections.
This follows after a federal high court in Abuja gave an ex parte order to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to halt the collation of results from Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state.

In reaction to this, the party through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiya described the order as unconstitutional, adding that the power to suspend collation or to reverse such decision is within the domain of the INEC.

“Our party should not be constrained into a situation in which we will have no option than to allow our members to seek similar ex parte orders to halt statutory processes including the swearing-in of APC candidates at various levels, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari,” Ologbondiyan said.

“The party alerts that such development, which is akin to the infamous order that derailed the 1993 democratic process, is part of the plot by the APC and certain compromised elements in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to escalate crisis and derail our electoral process.

“The power to collate, suspend collation and or to reverse such decision based on obvious circumstances as the case in Bauchi is clearly within the domain of INEC.”

“no one can question the constitutional powers of INEC.”

“It is clear that collation of result is part of the electoral process and that INEC cannot act on a purported exparte order to jettison its independence and halt the collation of results, which is a key component of its statutory electoral duty.

“Our party therefore charges INEC to be properly guided by the law in this regard.”