OrderPaperToday – The Senate has approved the separation of Abraka from Ethiope East to stand as an independent state constituency as ordered by a Federal High Court.
This decision followed a motion moved by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege on Thursday during plenary.
Omo-Agege in his presentation recalled that prior to 1999, Abraka State Constituency in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State was a separate and distinct State Constituency with an elected member in the Delta State House of Assembly.
He noted that as at 1992/1993, Abraka State Constituency was duly represented in the Delta State House of Assembly by Emmanuel Akpor Ifeta.
But the constituency was “arbitrarily and unjustifiably suppressed and collapsed into the present Ethiope East State Constituency in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State during the 1999 General Elections and it has remained so since then”.
According to him, there were persistent agitations by concerned leaders, electorates and stakeholders of Abraka State Constituency in Ethiope East Local Government Area seeking separation.
This resulted into legal contestations and the Federal High Court, Warri on the 5th day of March, 2015 rendered a decision to suit No: FHC/WR/32/2014 between Comrade Bayo Eyube & 2 ORS v. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) directing INEC to restore the suppressed Abraka State Constituency in Ethiope East Local Government Area as a distinct State Constituency.
Consequently, the red chamber approved as part of its resolutions that Abraka State Constituency should consist of Abraka Ward 1, Abraka Ward 2 and Abraka Ward 3.
Ethiope East State Constituency on the other hand should consist of INEC’s Ward 4 (Okpare Inland), Ward 5 (Obi), Ward 6 (Kokori Inland), Ward 7 (Orhuoakpor), Ward 8 (Okpara Waterside), Ward 9 (Eku), Ward 10 (Egba/Samagidi) and Ward 11 (Isiokoro).
The chamber also urged the INEC to comply with its resolution ahead of the next general elections and election of the members of the next Delta State House of Assembly in compliance with section 115 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.