- James Apam, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that the commission is yet to be informed of the death of late Buba Jibril, a lawmaker
- Apam complained that INEC has not received any official letter on the vacant post left by the deceased
- He said that until the commission is officially informed, no by-election will be conducted for the office
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as reports reveal, is yet uninformed about the death of late Buba Jibril, the deputy majority Leader in the House of Representatives, who represented Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency. The lawmaker passed on Thursday, March 29, due to alleged health complications, Punch reports.
Professor James Apam, a resident electoral commissioner in Kogi made disclosed this on Wednesday, June 13.
Apam claimed that there has been no official letter from the House informing INEC about the vacant post.
Apam said: “As a law abiding citizen of the country, we have to wait until we are officially informed that there is a vacancy in the House before we can commence the process of conducting a by-election to fill the position.”
INEC’s defence came immediately after the by-election held in Oyo state to fill the position of the state’s House of Assembly speaker who died a month after Jibril's death.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that aged 58 years, Jibril, a three time member of the house, died in the early hours of Friday in Abuja, one of his political associates, Amuda Dan Sulaiman, confirmed to newsmen.
He was until his death, the deputy majority leader of the house. He was also a former speaker of the Kogi state House of Assembly.
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