The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed December 10 for the conduct of the outstanding national and state assembly elections in Rivers State. A statement by the Secretary to the commission, Mrs. Auguta Ogakwu, yesterday, in Abuja, said December 3 has also been approved for election to fill Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos State in the House of Representatives.
The seat became vacant following the death of the member who represented the constituency in the house, Mr. Adewale Oluwatayo, in July.
On the same day, according to the statement, the commission will also conclude rescheduled councillorship polls in some area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.
“After months of intensive planning and wide consultations, INEC has approved the conduct of Lagos’ House of Representatives election on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Federal Capital Territory councillorship election will also hold on the same day.
“While Rivers’ National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) and \House of Assembly elections will hold on Saturday, December 10, 2016.”
On Wednesday, Senate threatened to suspend plenary after December 10 if INEC does not conduct pending elections in Rivers and other parts of the country.
In a relatede devlopment, Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has commended Senate for rising to the occasion in defence of democracy as it concerned the rerun elections in the state.
He said it was important that the state gets its full representation in the National Assembly and the state.
Wike said there was no reason for INEC) to stall the elections because the state still generates the highest oil revenue and no pipeline was vandalised as a result of insecurity.