Story By Akinola Emmanuel, February 26, 2021
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has commended members of the APC caucus currently serving in the 9th National Assembly on their efforts to ensure more constituencies are created in the state.
The party through its Publicity Secretary, Dr Azeez Olatunde dscribe the step taken by the lawmakers as a right step in a right direction.
The party in the statement also corroborated the submission of the lawmakers and plead for the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to obey Federal High Court Judgement of 8 years standing, delivered on the 8th of March 2013,which No equal or superior Court decision has set aside since then on the issue.
“In view of the foregoing, Oyo APC is alarmed at what might be delaying the compliance with the Federal High Court order because the delay is a violation of the operational provisions of section 91, 112 and 114 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended) and has unlawfully denied the people of Ibadan North, IBSW, Ibarapa Central, Irepo, Itesiwaju, Oyo East, Saki East and Surulere State Constituencies of proper representation in the Oyo State House of Assembly.”
“Section 112 of the Constitution states that INEC shall divide every State in the Federation into such number of State Constituencies as is equal to three or four times the number of Federal Constituencies within the State.”
“Section 91 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states inter alia, that the House of Assembly of a State shall consist of three or four times the number of seats the State has in the House of Representatives, divided in a way to reflect as far as possible nearly equal population, provided that a House of Assembly of a state shall consist of not less than twenty four and not more than forty members.”
The party further explained that “considering the fact that Oyo State currently has 32 States Constituencies and 14 Federal Constituencies and believing that, to satisfy the constitutional provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the number of States Constituencies in Oyo State should be 40, being the maximum threshold prescribed by the Constitution.”
The party commendeď its representative at the green chamber for the quality ambassadors of Oyo APC in the 9th House of Representatives.