Following the demise of two senators, Nigeria’s Senate has declared vacancies on two seats of the two deceased lawmakers. The senators are Mustapha Bukar of Katsina North senatorial district who died on April 4, 2018, and Ali Wakili of Bauchi South senatorial district who died on March 17, 2018.
However, the seat of convicted fraud, Senator Joshua Dariye representing Plateau Central senatorial district was not declared vacant despite the fact that he has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by a Federal High Court for fraud.
Consequently, The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, stated in a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Wednesday that the House of Representatives had also declared the seat of late Umar Jibril of Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency vacant while the seat of the late while Obudu 1 state constituency of Cross River State had also been declared vacant.
Yakubu said by-elections would be conducted within the next 30 days.
He further stated, “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.