By Shom Akor
Against the Backdrop of the order of the Federal High Court which called for the enforcement of its judgment of 2005 delimiting the Ushongo constituency into
two; asking consequentially for fresh elections to be conducted into the two new constituencies within 90 days; telling Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly who currently represents the Ushongo Constituency to vacate the seat, especially since with the delimitation, his constituency as it is now, will no longer exist.
The embattled Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, who returned from Belgium today from his tour of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium has asked the general public to disregard the widely reported news that he has been sacked as the Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly.
Speaking at his residence at the Commissioners’ village. He said his seat and his position in the House is not affected by the Order as all INEC needs to do is to conduct an election into the new constituency.
He, however, hailed the enforcement order of the Federal High Court. He praised the effort of the Plaintiffs; Mr. Hyacinth Nyakuma, Mr. Isaac Mtu, Mr. John Iyo; their lawyer; Barr. Shior, and the former AG of the Federation, Chief Mike Aondoakaa SAN for their tenacity in the face of adversity. He thanked them for helping in the realization of one of the aspirations of the Ushongo people.
Hon. Ikyange called on INEC to comply with the High Court Judgement by restoring the suppressed Mbagwa constituency in Ushongo local government saying the people of the local government are eagerly awaiting the conduct of election into the new constituency.
On the gains of his study visit to the European Parliament in Brussels, the said that the knowledge acquired from the visit will greatly assist him in the discharge of his duties as the Presiding Officer of the state parliament.