A group, the Ikeja Stakeholders’ Forum (ISF), has threatened to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if it fails to declare vacant the seat of the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable James Faleke, within the next seven days.
Coordinator of the group, Mr Olanrewaju Osundairo, made this known on Sunday, in a statement made available to newsmen.
He said that the commission had shirked its responsibility, by failing to declare the seat vacant, following the decision of Faleke to accept the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State.
He, therefore, called on INEC to declare the seat vacant, failure which his group would institute a suit against it, after the expiration of a 7-day ultimatum.
“By virtue of the fact that Faleke had transferred his franchise away from Lagos to Kogi State, he ceases to be a member of the constituency. He lacks the moral and legal rights to speak for us in Ikeja at the lower legislative chambers,” Osundairo said.
He stated further that the decision of the lawmaker to contest the governorship election, had impacted negatively on the representation of the area in the House of Representatives.
The ISF coordinator said the trend must be reversed in the interest of the people of the area, who he pointed out, had yearned for their voices to be heard at the National Assembly.
“You don’t need anyone to tell you that Hon. Faleke has been distracted from representing us at the House of Representatives, all that concerns him now is how to become the governor of Kogi State and not to represent us.” Osundairo said.
While calling on the INEC to declare the seat vacant in the interest of the people of Ikeja, being represented by Faleke, threatening, “If they fail to act, we will compel them to do the needful using the judiciary.