I won’t resign, Benue Speaker tells G10

Posted: July 19, 2012 in BENUE, political, Uncategorized
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The Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly , Mr. David Iorhemba has turned down the call by a group under the aegis of Concerned Benue State Indigenes otherwise known as G10 to resign his membership of the House on ground that Agasha state constituency has been restored from the present Guma.
Reacting to the call in Makurdi, Mr. Iorhemba said the restoration of the suppressed Agasha constituency by the Federal High Court Makurdi Division which directed Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct election there within thirty days does not affect him or his membership of the House in any way.
He explained that two constituencies including Daudu/Udei and Agasha were existing in the present Guma before Agasha was later suppressed by INEC pointing out that Daudu/Udei which he comes from is made up of six council wards while the suppressed Agasha have only four wards saying INEC will only reconstitute and conduct a fresh election in Agasha constituency and urged members of the G10 not to raise a false alarm to create tension in the area.
A group Concerned Benue State Indigenes (CBSI) had earlier called on David Iorhemba representing Guma and Joseph Ojobo of Ogbadibo state constituencies to resign their membership of the House following the restoration of the suppressed constituencies by the Federal High Court, Makurdi Division.
The Leader of the group Comrade Philip Agbese in a statement in Makurdi noted that with the decision of the Court which restored Agasha/Daudu constituencies from the present Guma as well as Owukpa/Otukpa from the present Ogbadibo it then means that the two legislators have no business holding on to that seat any longer.
“It is very evident that no nation operates a democracy with out the spirit of the constitution and we hereby call on Independent National Electoral Commission as a matter of urgency to conduct elections within ninety days into the recognized constituencies known by law and delete every business in the name of Guma and Ogbadibo state constituencies which by the constitution is null and void.” According to Comrade Agbese, the conduct of election into the restored constituencies will avail an opportunity on the rights of the constituents whose right have been trampled upon since the inception of the country’s nascent democracy to exercise their franchise like any other Nigerian in and outside the country. He said in an event that Mr. Iorhemba continue to stay and hold on as the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly would remain an usurpation and big blow to the spirit of constitution if the civil society do not allow any grievous injury to the nascent democracy in the country and advised the speaker to resign and present himself to his party for nomination. The group which warned INEC from appealing against the restoration of the suppressed constituencies therefore called urged the umpire body to commence the process of conducting election into to the affected constituencies now.

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