INEC announces date for Adamawa bye election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed October
11 for the governorship bye-election in Adamawa State. Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman , Mr. Kayode Idowu, confirmed the date on Tuesday.

The bye-election was necessitated by the removal of the former
governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, and the resignation of the
former Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, on the same day.

The House of Assembly on July 15, the same day it received
Ngilari’s resignation letter, removed Nyako, after he was said to
have been found guilty of the impeachable offences levelled
against him.

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The then Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Ahamadu Fintiri,
was then sworn in as the acting governor after the removal of the
former governor and the office of the Deputy Governor declared
vacant on July 15.

The constitution requires INEC to conduct a bye-election for the
office being occupied by an acting governor within 90 days of the
vacancy in the office. Ninety days would elapse on October 15.

Meanwhile, Ngilari has denied his purported resignation from
office and he is currently before a Federal High Court in Abuja,
urging the court to order that he be sworn in as the governor
following Nyako’s removal.

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Through the suit filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. Festus
Keyamo, Ngilari said his purported resignation letter addressed to
the Speaker of the House of Assembly was in breach of
constitutional provisions which strictly provides that such letter
should be sent to the governor of the state.

He maintained that Nyako was still in office as of July 14 when he
wrote the letter, arguing that that since the letter fell short of the
constitutional requirement, the letter amounted to nullity.
He maintained that the House of Assembly had therefore acted on
it in vain.

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The suit which is before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal
High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned the suit till September
10 for mention.