Two seats have been declared vacant in the senate.

The Senate declared vacant the seats of Senators Mustapha Bukar of Katsina North senatorial district who died on April 4, 2018, and Ali Wakili of Bauchi South senatorial district who died on March 17, 2018.

However, the seat of Senator Joshua Dariye representing Plateau Central senatorial district was not declared vacant despite the fact that he has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by a Federal High Court for fraud.

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The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Wednesday that the House of Representatives had also declared vacant the seat of the late Umar Jibril of Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency.

Meanwhile, Obudu 1 state constituency of Cross River State has also been declared vacant.

Yakubu said by-elections would be conducted within the next 30 days.

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), however stated that it would be wrong if Dariye is still receiving allowances while in prison.

Sagay added, “I don’t think he should be receiving salaries because this would be a major infraction of our laws. Someone who is in prison for fraud which is one of the reasons for disqualifying anyone from contesting should not be receiving salary unless someone is extremely reckless in the National Assembly.”

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