Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi and presided over by Justice Binta Murtala Nyako, yesterday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to respect the 2005 judgment and conduct election in Ushongo and Mbagwa state constituencies.
The court also ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Terkimbi Ikyange, the Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, who is the member representing the people of Ushongo at the State House of Assembly and conduct fresh elections within 90 days in the two constituencies.
With the judgment, Ikyange may lose his seat and face fresh election.
It would be recalled that a court had in 2005 held that Ushongo should have two constituencies.
But since INEC did not obey the order of the court to delineate the constituency into two, Ikyange contested the Ushongo state constituency seat and won the election.
Reacting to the judgment, the speaker, who spoke through his media aide, Bem Abunde, said his seat was not threatened, stressing that Ushongo constituency remains, while the judgment was for the restoration of Mbagwa constituency which had been suppressed.


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