Against the backdrop of the inauguration of the eighth Assembly yesterday, the Benue Youth Forum has faulted the admittance of Hon. Hassan Saleh by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Clerk of the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, as member of the House of Representatives.
A statement by president of the forum, Mr. Hemba Adi, and made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Abuja, said the CNA and INEC erred because the court had granted a stay of execution on the matter in favour of Christian Abah, the legitimate winner of the March 28, 2015, elections into Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue State.
The youth forum president further explained that Saleh on Monday brought in a photocopy of letter from the acting chairman of INEC, Dr. Ismael Igbani, to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Maikasuwa, seeking to be allowed to process his documentation against Abah who was earlier issued a certificate of return by the electoral umpire.
Admitting Saleh for admittance into the House as member representing the federal constituency, according to Adi, amounted to impunity, adding that apart from the stay of execution by the court, the matter was appealed and the motion will be heard today to determine the real winner of the election.
“It is surprising that whereas copies of the court order were served on both the National Assembly and INEC, Hon Hassan Saleh was admitted into the House and sworn in among the 360 members of the House of Representatives. This amounts to contempt and abuse of court process which is a negation of the principle of the rule of law that should be associated with the Buhari regime,” Adi stressed.
He called on the National Assembly not to subvert the will of the people but to allow due process in the emergence of the authentic representative of the federal constituency.


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  • the man is sick period-these very words would come to hunt him very soon–if he has nothing to say he better shut-up