SPEAKER of Benue State House of Assembly, TerkimbirIkyange may lose his seat following the directive to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by the House of Representatives to restore the two constituencies in Ushongo and conduct election within 90 days. The House which took the decision at it sitting last week while adopting report of its committee on Public Petition, also urged INEC to comply with the 2005 judgment which ruled on the delineation of two constituencies in the area. The speaker who represents Ushongo state constituency at state House of Assembly as a result of the development may have to step down and contest fresh election. However, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ushongo Barr. Joseph Abaagu who spoke on phone with newsmen on the issue said the Speaker’s seat is not threatened by the decision. According to him, the speaker could still retain his seat if he reaches an agreement with members of the House not to declare his seat vacant so he could go and re-contest, win and come back and retain his seat. But the zonal secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Mr. Maurice Tsav who is also, a prominent indigene of the area, expressed, doubt that the speaker cannot win any election again in Ushongo. He said PDP is prepared to present credible candidates who will win the election and lauded the decision of the House of Representatives which he said would deepen democracy in the country. Several efforts to get the reaction of the Speaker failed as he failed to pick calls and reply to series of text messages sent to his mobile phone

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