From Osagie Otabor, Bénin
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw certificates of return from 14 members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly.
It said their refusal to subscribe to the oath of membership/allegiance for the affected constituencies throughout the Assembly’s first session and first quarter amounted to an abdication of office
The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers-elect were not sworn in with the colleagues due to a political crisis in the state.
The PDP said the right thing for INEC to do was to withdraw the affected members’ certificates of return since they have failed to function as lawmakers.
This was contained in a letter to INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu.
The PDP opposed Speaker Frank Okiye’s call for a fresh election for the constituencies.
It said state resources should not be wasted in conducting fresh elections where there are first runners-up in the concluded elections and where the affected members-elect were not sworn in.
“The Doctrine of Necessity should be invoked to issue a certi