Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, yesterday directed Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to reverse the order he issued on Monday restraining the Independent National Electoral Commis-sion (INEC) from going ahead with Saturday’s governorship election in Cross River State.
Following the administrative order, Justice Kafarati refused to release the order to the plaintiffs – All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and its governorship candidate, Dr. Obol Patrick Okomiso – in whose favour the order was granted. The defendant, INEC, also sent a lawyer to the court to collect a copy of the order but could not get it as the trial judge did not make it available. INEC last night said there was no such order restraining it from conducting election, obviously following the CJN order. However, a source at the CJN’s office told THISDAY that Musdapher was shocked when he learnt about the order by Justice Kafarati and had ordered him to vacate it and put the parties in the matter on notice.