- The seat of Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger state has been declared vacant by the House of Representatives leadership
- This is as a result of the death of the member representing the constituency, Ja’afaru Iliyasu, who died on Monday, December 2
- The declaration by the House leadership is in line with Nigeria's constitution
House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has declared vacant the seat of Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger state, The Nation reports.
This is as a result of the death of the member representing the constituency, Ja’afaru Iliyasu, who died on Monday, December 2.
His demise was announced on the floor of the House on December 3 during plenary after which the session was adjourned till Wednesday, December 4.
The Speaker’s letter declaring the seat vacant was read on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday, December 17 by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase.
The Speaker said the declaration of the seat vacant is in line with the constitution.
He added that it would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a by-election in the area within the constitutionally stipulated period.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suffered a great loss in the supplementary elections conducted in Kogi and Katsina states on Saturday, November 30.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) carried the day in both states as the party was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC also cleared the local government elections conducted in Niger state.
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