By John Ndu : Anambra state House of Assembly has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to without further delay fix and announce the date for the Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun election as ordered by the court of Appeal.
The House described the continued refusal, neglect and omission by INEC to fix the date for the election as unconstitutional, undemocratic and a clear violation of Section 48,153 and other relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The House passed the resolution following a motion sponsored by the member representing Onitsha North One Constituency, Barr Chugbo Enwezo and 22 others during plenary session in Awka.
While citing various judicial pronouncements and clear constitutional provisions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Electoral Act 2010 as amended, Barr Enwezo who is also House Committee Chairman on Judiciary, contended that INEC erred by continually refusing to fix the date of the rerun election for Anambra Central Senatorial seat as ordered by a competent court of the land.
He said it is a violation of the constitutional right of the people of Anambra Central Senatorial zone for not to be represented in the senate of the National Assembly as guaranteed under Section 48 of the 1999 constitution.
Supporting the motion, the member representing Anaocha One constituency, Mr Azubuike Okoye described as unfair for INEC to continually delay the conduct of the election since every state is entitled to three senators.
Chief Okoye noted that for the past two years, Anambra Central has been denied quality representation without a senator which amounts to gross injustice to the candidates and electorates.
According to the lawmaker, the people of Anambra central are suffering, hence INEC should look beyond personal gains and think about the constituency benefits of the people, citing the Supreme Court judgment in favour of APGA candidate to the election, Chief Sir Victor Umeh that PDP candidate should not be part of the rerun election.
On his part, Sir Benson Nwawulu of Ogbaru One constituency, expressed displeasure over the action of INEC as issue of candidate substitution should not stop an election, adding that such a pre-election matter should not stop an election consented by the court.
It was observed that the Speaker Barr Rita Maduagwu ruled on the matter and advised INEC to do the needful as quickly as possible.