The Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct re-run elections into six senatorial districts in Anambra, Imo, Kogi and Rivers States.
The Senate made the call on Wednesday, following a point of order raised by Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East).
The INEC has yet to conclude re-run polls in three senatorial districts of Rivers and one each in Anambra, Kogi and Imo.
The Senate condemned the continued delay in filling these vacant seats in the Senate, saying INEC has violated the 1999 Constitution by delaying the conclusion of the rerun elections in those states.
Mr. Bruce, who led the debate on his motion, said the electoral umpire owed the Senate explanation on why the pending re-run elections have not been conducted.
“The areas have no representations in the Senate since December, and it is a violation of the Constitution”, he said.
“We have not had representation in this chamber from Rivers State, part of Anambra, Imo, Kogi and some other states”, Mr. Bruce added.
The media mogul recalled that it took INEC just one-week to conclude elections in the Federal Capital Territory but in the aforementioned states, they still don’t have representations in the Senate “and it does not make any sense”.
“It is a violation of the constitution; the people of these states have a right to have representation here. The INEC Chairman owes us an explanation to explain why these elections have not been concluded.
“It is a simple matter and it is the responsibility of INEC to conclude these elections so that the people of these beautiful states have representation here in the Senate”, he argued.
Responding, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, said INEC should conduct elections into the six senatorial districts.
He said: “I’m aware that INEC management is meeting today (yesterday) to fix date for the elections. We urge the Commission to conduct the elections so that every part will have full representation”.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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