- A lawyer has given INEC a 7-day-ultimatum to declare the Bauchi South senatorial seat open
- The lawyer, Mukhtar Abubakar Usman, said the seat has been vacant since Senator Ali Wakili died
A Bauchi based legal practitioner, Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar Usman, has given the Independent National Electoral Commission a seven-day ultimatum to declare the Bauchi South senatorial seat opened and conduct a bye-election.
Usman, in a letter sent to INEC, said the seat has been vacant since Senator Ali Wakili previously occupying it died.
Tribune reported that in the letter which was received by the Commission on the 20th April 2018, Mukhtar Abubakar stated that on the 17th March 2018, the senator representing Bauchi South senatorial district, Ali Wakili died and consequently the seat he occupied became vacant.
Usman wrote: “We have the instruction of our client to hereby formally demand from your Commission, a conduct of a Bye-Election into the vacant seat of the Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District within 7 days from the date of receipt of this letter.
“In the event your Commission fails to conduct the election, our client, Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar Usman would not hesitate in instituting a legal action to seek for the intervention of court of justice by obtaining a prerogative writ of mandamus compelling your Commission to conduct the Bye-Election into the seat of senator representing Bauchi South senatorial district forthwith."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senator Wakili, representing Bauchi South senatorial district slumped in his room on March 17, and was rushed to Viewpoint Hospital, where he was certified dead.
A journalist with the Voice of America, Saleh Shehu Ashaka, announced the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator in a tweet on Saturday, March 17.
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