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INEC sets date for Adamawa governorship election

13 August 2014, 11:17

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set October 11 as the date for the Adamawa State governorship election.

The state Residential Electoral Commissioner, Kasim Gaidam, announced the date following the vacancy created by the impeachment of the former governor, Murtala Nyako.

Members of the State House of Assembly impeached him over allegation of corruption and mismanagement of government funds.

Under the 1999 Constitution, a new governor or president must to be elected within 90 days in the event of an impeachment of a former holder of the office.

Also read: Adamawa governor’s seat declared vacant

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Usman Finitiri, is currently acting as the Governor of the state pending the election.

The State Former Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, through his lawyer, Keyamo has however  approached court, challenging the swearing – in of the former Speaker as Governor.

He prayed the court that he should instead be sworn in as the substantive state Governor since his resignation was invalid in the face of law, as  he wrongly addressed the letter, which was tendered shortly before Nyako’s impeachment to the Speaker of the State Assembly instead of the Governor who was yet to be impeached as at the time the letter was written and submitted.
The matter however suffered a set back yesterday as the INEC representatives failed to show up in court.

The court adjourned the suit to September 10 for hearing.

- CAJ News


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