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Senate Declares Uwajumogu’s Seat Vacant As INEC Defers Election Over Covid 19

Nigerian Senate has finally declared vacant, the seat of late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This is even as INEC has refused to fix a date for the bye-election over the dangerous epidemic, Coronavirus which is currently ravaging the world.

In a press release signed by the INEC Nations commissioner and chairman information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye and made available to Lead the commissioner acknowledged notification of vacancies for the Imo North Senatorial District following the death of senator Benjamin Uwajumogu amongst others but postponed the dates for the bye-election pending when the situation normalises.

Information to this paper revealed that apart from few persons who have declared interest to take part in the bye-election over the replacement of Uwajumogu, there are a good number of persons who are just waiting for the senate to declare the said seat vacant as well as INEC to fix a date before they declare their interest Senator Uwajumogu who died last December was buried this year but his seat since then has not been declared vacant, which is a constitutional requirement that must be observed before INEC fixes a date for the election.

The death of Uwajumogu subsequent replacement of him at the senate has generated mixed reactions in Imo and Okigwe zone in particular.

While some are of the view that his replacement should come from Late Uwajumogu’s family others are of the view that the seat should go to another local government and constituency.

However, the issues surrounding the said replacement should be determined anytime the INEC fixes the date of the election since the seat has now been declared vacant by INEC.

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