The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct election into the newly restored suppressed constituency of Nsukka South, in Enugu State, come 2023.
This resolution was on the heels of the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/281/2015, which was also approved at the Tuesday’s plenary.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North), while leading the debate on the motion he brought at the plenary, said the judgement of Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the FHC Abuja, in January 2017, mandated INEC to restore the suppressed constituency.
But according to him, INEC had not honoured the court judgement, 4 years after it was given, and has not restored the constituency.
He said, “the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja on 20th January, 2017 delivered by Hon. Justice G.O. Kolawole in the case of Hon. Cosmos Agbo & 7 Ors v. INEC, suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/281/2015, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to restore the suppressed Nsukka South State Constituency, Enugu State.
“Sequel to the said decision of the Federal High Court and in compliance with the order of the court and the provision of Section 115 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, it has become necessary for the National Assembly to pass a concurrent resolution to give legislative approval for the restoration of the suppressed Nsukka South State Constituency, Enugu State”, Senator Utazi said.
Utazi added that, INEC’s delay in obeying the court order by restoring the suppressed Nsukka South Constituency, “is a serious constitutional aberration” and against the law.
This he said, has long denied the people of the area their due representation in the Enugu State House of Assembly.
In approving the motion, the Senate also sought the concurrence of the House of Representatives, “in line with Section 115 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”.