The Cross River State House of Assembly has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to, as a matter of exigency obey the recent Supreme Court judgement and delineate constituencies in Bakassi Local Government Area.
It could be recalled that INEC had gone to Supreme Court to challenged the High Court judgement that compelled it to recognize and create more constituencies in Bakassi, but unlucky for them, the Supreme Court counselled that they “do the needful”; a judgement perceived by many not to be in their favour.
Howbeit, INEC has, since the judgement was passed refused to do what was required them by law – a matter, Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, the member representing Bakassi in the State House of Assembly took to the floor of the House as at it last plenary, this week.
Hon. Ekpo argued that when the International Court ceeded Bakassi to Cameroon, it did not take long before the Federal Government cutoff their allocation; howthat, it surprises him alot to find that INEC, a federal government bureau is now dragging its leg to implement a court order that favours the Bakassi people.
In his motion which was seconded by Hon. Effa Esua, member representing Calabar Municipality, Hon. Ekpo Bassey reiterated Bakassi’s readiness to take part in the 2019 elections even as he warns that any delay from INEC may trauncate their ambition.
After several contribution by the members, the House resolved to commission the State Attorney General, Barr. Joe Abang to immediately write to INEC to implement the Court’s judgement otherwise deploy other means to have their desired result.