Benue State Speaker, Hon. Terkimbir Ikyange stands the risk of losing his seat following a recent directive to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the House of Representatives to as a matter of urgency, restore the two constituencies in Ushongo and conduct fresh election within 90 days.
The house, which gave the decision at its sitting recently, while adopting the report of its committee on Public Petition, urged INEC to comply with the 2005 judgement which ruled on the delineation of two constituencies in the area.
The speaker who represents Ushongo state constituency at the Benue State House of Assembly is serving a second term and may have to step aside for fresh election.
In a reaction, the chief press secretary to the speaker, Bem Abunde on behalf of the speaker, debunked the rumour that the speaker is against the restoration of the suppressed Mbagwa constituency as exemplified by the support he gave during the legal battle that led to the court judgement.
Speaking with some journalists, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC in Ushongo, Barr. Joseph Abaagu said the speaker’s seat is not threatened by the decision adding that the speaker could still retain his seat if he reached an agreement.