CD faults Reps for delay in declaring lawmaker’s seat vacant

A pro-democracy group, the Campaign for Democracy has decried the alleged delay in declaring vacant the Akure South/Akure North Federal Constituency seat, three months after the death of the previous occupant.

The seat became vacant following the demise of Mr Adedayo Omolafe, in August 2021. The CD alleged that the delay was mischievous and against provisions of the Electoral Act.

In a statement issued by the Secretary of CD, Mr Ifeanyi Odili, in Akure, on Sunday.

He said the alleged refusal of the National Assembly to declare the seat vacant ran contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act which provides that a by-election should be held on or before 90 days after the death of a lawmaker.

The statement read in part, “Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila finally declared Maitala’s Jos North/Bassa Constituency seat of Plateau State vacant last week, seven months after the lawmaker died along with his two sons in an auto crash.

“For the House of Representatives arm of the National Assembly to refuse to declare a seat vacant for as long as seven months after the death of its occupant is not only unconstitutional but also criminal.” It vowed to meet the National Assembly in court.

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