Friday, 19 October 2018

Again PDP files late lawmaker's wife for Ikom II bye election in C'river

19th October 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

According to a report published by and credited to INEC's Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Cross River State, Frankland O. Briyai, the bye-election to fill the vacant Ikom II State Constituency seat in the Cross River State House of Assembly which will hold on November 10, 2018, will be soley contested by widow of the late assemblyman, Mrs. Stella Nkoro. Thedailynewsng can report. 

Beside being the PDP candidate for the race, Mrs. Nkoro emerged the only person running in the bye-election, as fillers has it that there was an arrangement to find a politically amicable settlement that will see her complete the remainder of her deceased husband's tenure and collect his entitlements, so she could cater for the family. also gathered that even other political parties in the area have refused to field candidates, believing that six months is too short a time for them to have a foothold on the seat.

This concensus appears to have been negotiated, accepted and embraced by all political parties in the area as a sign of respect to the late Simon Nkoro who will be buried on November 28, 2018, in Ikom.

But what seems worrisome is the fact that, this will be the second time in less than four months, the Cross River State House of Assembly will be both burying it's member and also replacing them with their wives. 

First, was Hon Ukpukpen of Obudu state constituency who was replaced with his wife, Mrs. Abbey Ukpukpen in a keenly contested bye election after PDP must have presented her as their consensus candidate for the race. And now, less than three months after PDP will be filing another widow of a late honorable member for another bye election. 

What TDN is yet to find out is if the trend of replacing deceased lawmakers with members of their immediate family is a development that has come to stay and when will the Cross River State House of Assembly make it a law.

Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN