By Chijindu Emeruwa
The Abia State High court, Aba Judicial division presided by Honorable Justice Agwu Umah Kalu, Friday, vacated the interim order of injunction restraining the Abia State Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) from conducting the 18th December, 2020 local government elections.
It would be recalled that Justice Agwu Umah Kalu-led High Court in Aba division had issued a a restraining order against the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC, from continuing to demand N480,000 from all Chairmanship candidates and N145,000 from all Councillorship candidates for forms pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The court also restrained ABSIEC from excluding candidates of the All Progressive Congress, APC, from participating in the forthcoming Local Government election on the ground of non-payment of the fees it imposed or any other ground not supported by law whatsoever pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The suit was filed by Barrister Perfect Okorie, counsel to the Abia State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, against the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, ABSIEC.
However, ruling on the vacation of the restraining order, Justice Umah Kalu, also ordered that ABSIEC should make available relevant forms to political parties wishing to contest the local government elections without charging any refundable deposit.
Furthermore, the court ordered that ABSIEC should not exclude any candidate of the political parties from participating in the electoral process.
The Court further ordered the All Progressive Congress (APC) to enter into undertaking as to damages up to the maximum of the sum received by the ABSIEC from the candidates of All Progressive Congress (APC).