Akpabio declares the Umahi and Geidam Senate seats vacant

The Chairman of the 10th Senate, Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday declared the seats of David Umahi and Ibrahim Geidam in the upper legislative chamber vacant.

The Senate President made the decision after their appointment as Minister of Labor and Police Affairs respectively.

While Umahi represented Ebonyi South, Geidam represented Yobe East.

Following the announcement, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct by-elections in these senatorial districts.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu on Monday said the commission was considering holding by-elections and re-polling in state and federal constituencies in February 2024.

He noted that political parties must hold new primaries within the limited period set by the law for midterm elections.

Yakubu said: “With regard to the by-elections, you may recall that in my recent speech at the swearing-in of new Local Electoral Commissioners (RECs), which was combined with our last quarterly meeting with the RECs across the country, I made a commitment that the commission will hold elections to fill up vacancies in the national and state assembly constituencies.

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“The committee is looking at the first week of February 2024, which is just over a month away, to hold both the re-elections and the mid-term elections.”

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Yakubu added that the management of INEC will meet to discuss preparations and announce a final date, including the detailed timetable and schedule of activities for the elections.

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