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Friday, 20 November 2015

Benue Speaker may lose seat as court orders delineation of his constituency

Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Terkimbir Ikyange may lose his seat and face fresh election following the delineation of his constituency (Ushongo State Constituency) by the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi yesterday.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the 2005 judgment to conduct election into Ushongo and Mbagwa state constituencies or any other names that it may be called.

Consequentially, the court also ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return previously issued to Ikyange who is the member representing the people of Ushongo at the State House of Assembly and to conduct elections within 90 days into the two constituencies.

However since the judgment, INEC is yet to obey the order to delineate the constituency into two but Terkimbi Ikyange who contested the Ushongo state constituency won election and eventually emerged the speaker.

But in a swift reaction, Speaker Ikyange who spoke through his media aide, Bem Abunde insisted that his seat was not threatened stressing that Ushongo constituency remained as the judgment was meant for the restoration of Mbagwa state constituency.

It will be recalled that a Court had in 2005 held that the people​ of Ushongo state constituency were eligible for two constituencies and ordered as such but since then, INEC had failed to honour the judgement.

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