The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed October 11 for the governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.
Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman , Mr. Kayode Idowu, confirmed the date to our correspondent via a short text message on Tuesday.
The bye-election was necessitated by the removal of the former governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, and the resignation of the former Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, on the same day.
The House of Assembly on July 15, the same day it received Ngilari’s resignation letter, removed Nyako, after he was said to have been found guilty of the impeachable offences levelled against him.
The then Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Ahamadu Fintiri, was then sworn in as the acting governor after the removal of the former governor and the office of the Deputy Governor declared vacant on July 15.
The constitution requires INEC to conduct a bye-election for the office being occupied by an acting governor within 90 days of the vacancy in the office.
Ninety days would elapse on October 15.
Meanwhile, Ngilari has denied his purported resignation from office and he is currently before a Federal High Court in Abuja, urging the court to order that he be sworn in as the governor following Nyako’s removal.
Through the suit filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo, Ngilari said his purported resignation letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly was in breach of constitutional provisions which strictly provides that such letter should be sent to the governor of the state.
He maintained that Nyako was still in office as of July 14 when he wrote the letter, arguing that that since the letter fell short of the constitutional requirement, the letter amounted to nullity.
He maintained that the House of Assembly had therefore acted on it in vain.
The suit which is before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday adjourned the suit till September 10 for mention.