INEC Gets Deadline To Conduct By-Elections To Replace 27 Rivers Lawmakers

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct bye-elections for the 27 vacant constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The demand follows the defection of 27 lawmakers from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Daniel Okwa, convener of the NDC, voiced concerns about the implications of these events for democracy at a press conference held today.

Okwa cited Section 109 (g) of the Nigerian Constitution, emphasising that the defectors have relinquished their seats and fresh elections are necessary.

He warned that the 27 lawmakers have “breached the Constitution” and must vacate their positions.

The NDC further cautioned INEC to adhere to legal requirements, stating that citizens will take action against the electoral body if it fails to do so.

“The President should tell Wike and the former lawmakers in clear terms that he cannot be associated or seen to be encouraging this shenanigans,” the group added.