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Delta Assembly: House Set to Confirm DSIEC Commissioners as Ex-Speaker Igbuya Resumes Sitting

By Miracle Enuji

Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has announced the appointment of Commissioners who will pilot the affairs of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC).

The appointment of the Commissioners which is subject to Screening and subsequent Confirmation by the House, was contained in a letter sent to it by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The letter read by the Speaker stated that, “In exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 198 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended. I wish to submit as here under, the list of nominees for appointment as Members of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC),

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1. Chief Mike Ogbodu  – Chairman

2. Mr. Fredrick Oduje Ulakpa  – Member

3. Mr. Friday Edmund Seimode – Member

4. Mr. James Eruorhevwameme Umukoro – Member

5. Mr. Gregory Chukwuma Edeme – Member

6. Light Oritseweyinmi Diden – Member

7. Mrs Yvonne Ovuevo Wagbatsoma – Member

The Governor urged the House to take early action on the nominees for consideration and confirmation to enable him effect their appointments as required by Constitution.

Oborevwori thereafter informed the nominees to submit 35 copies of their Curriculum Vitae and appear before the House tomorrow, September 20, 2017 for screening.

It will be recalled that the former DSIEC Board was sacked by the House on the grounds of noticeable defects in the law which brought them into the Commission. Thereafter a new bill for the electoral body was sent in by the Executive which was swiftly passed by the House.

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Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had in the early hours of the day at the Government House, Asaba, gave assent to the New Electoral Law of the State. The governor penned his signature to the passed law alongside the amended Local government law.

Also at plenary, the house witnessed the resumption of ex-Speaker Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya who was impeached on May 11, 2017 and stayed of House activities for a period of 4 months.

Igbuya stepped into the Chambers at about 11:48am but received a low profile reception from members. He quietly took his sit at the row of former House Speakers and long term serving members.

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