Nigeria: Senate reserves seat for jailed colleague, declares two vacant
London, July 19, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Senate has declared seats of deceased lawmakers vacant, and silence on the seat of jailed member, who is also ex-governor.
Dariye, representing Plateau Central senatorial district is serving a 14-yrs jail term for corruption offences.
The seats declared vacant are that of Senators – Mustapha Bukar of Katsina North Senatorial district and Ali Wakili of Bauchi South senatorial district. Bukar died on April 4, 2018, while Waikiki died on March 17, 2018.
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, while confirming this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja, said that the House of Representatives had also declared Obudu 1 state constituency of Cross River state and the seat of late Umar Jibril of Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency vacant.
According to him, the by-elections for the vacant seats will be conducted in the next 30 days as stipulated by the electoral law.
“In the last few days the commission has received an official declaration of vacancies from the National Assembly in respect of Bauchi south senatorial district, Katsina north senatorial district and the Lokoja federal constituency in Kogi state.
“A similar declaration was made by the Cross River state House of Assembly in respect of Obudu 1 state constituency. Consequently, the commission is set to conduct by-elections to fill the vacancies in the four constituencies which have a total of over two million registered voters spread across 3,355 polling units in 234 wards and 22 local government areas.
“Considering the requirement of the law that such an election should be conducted by the commission within 30 days following the declaration of vacancy, we are planning to conduct all the four elections on the same date in all the four states”, he said.