- Benjamin Adanyi, Benue lawmaker suspended in 2018, has resigned his membership of the state assembly
- Adanyi tendered his resignation on Tuesday, April 16, via a letter addressed to the clerk of the house
- The state lawmaker said he resigned due to his confirmation by the Senate as representative of the north-central in the North-East Development Commission
The suspended former majority leader of Benue House of Assembly, Benjamin Adanyi (Makurdi South-APC) has reportedly resigned.
The Nation reports that Adanyi tendered his resignation on Tuesday, April 16, via a letter dated April 10, and addressed to the clerk of the house.
Adanyi stated in the letter that by the provision of Section 108 (2) of the Constitution, he could no longer continue as a member of the house after his confirmation by the Senate as representative of the north-central in the North-East Development Commission.
The embattled lawmaker lamented that he would have been excited to announce his resignation during plenary but the political intrigues had robbed the 8th assembly of that legislative comradeship.
He, however, appreciated the members for the support given to him while he served as the majority leader.
Reacall that Adanyi alongside seven other members of the house including former speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, were suspended in 2018 for allegedly attempting to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom.
Adanyi is reportedly the first member of the house to resign since the creation of the Benue state in 1976.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Emmanuel Jime, the defeated Benue governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the APC in the state filed a joint petition challenging the victory of Governor Ortom at the general elections held between February and March in the state.
The governorship polls in the state were declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and re-conducted in March, where Ortom was declared winner.
Ortom polled a total of 434,473 to floor his closest rival, Jime of the APC, with 345,155 votes.
The petition was filed on Friday, April 12 at about 10.15pm by Sunday Ameh, (SAN).
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