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Speaker Abass declares two Reps seats vacant

The Minister of Interior, Tunji Olubunmi-Ojo, and the Minister of State for Education, Tanko Sununu, have officially resigned from the House of Representatives.

 

Premium Times reported that their letters of resignation were read on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday by Speaker Tajudeen Abbas.

 

Olubunmi-Ojo and Sununu were appointed by President Bola Tinubu and cleared by the Senate in August, however, the House had been on recess since July.

 

While Olubunmi-Ojo represented the Akoko North-east/Akoko North-west federal constituency of Ondo State, Sununu was the representative of the Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski federal constituency of Kebbi State in the lower chamber.

 

Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution provides that a member shall cease to be a member if appointed as minister.

 

It read, “(1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if -he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.”

 

Meanwhile, Salisu Majigiri (PDP, Katsina) was sworn in as a member of the House at the resumption of plenary.

 

Majigiri was declared the winner of the 25 February election for Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency of Katsina State after polling 27,387 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mansir Ali of the All Progressives Congress who polled 20,596 votes.

 

However, his candidacy was challenged by Nazifi Yusuf at the Supreme Court, which In April, affirmed the candidacy of Majigiri.

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