Peoples Democratic Party is taking the defection of 27 state House of Assembly lawmakers very seriously. According to reports, the party’s National Working Committee has directed its Legal Adviser, Kamaldeen Ajibad, to commence appropriate legal action against the defection to the All Progressives Congress. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops in the coming days….CONTINUE READING HERE
According to a report by KOKO TV NG, a total of 27 members of the House elected on the PDP platform defected to the APC on Monday. The lawmakers reportedly threatened to reject requests made by the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, for approval. This is a significant development that could have far-reaching consequences for the political landscape in the state. It remains to be seen how the PDP will respond to this defection and whether legal action will be taken.
The defection of the 27 state House of Assembly lawmakers from the PDP to the APC was due to a division within the party. The lawmakers reportedly wrote letters to the Speaker, Martin Amaewhule, explaining that the tussle for the position of the National Secretary of the PDP had made communication channels difficult. These letters were read on the floor of the House. It’s unclear at this point whether this defection will have any impact on the political situation in the state, but it’s certainly a significant development to keep an eye on.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, on Wednesday, said at its NWC’s 580th meeting thoroughly reviewed the state of the party in Rivers State.
Ologunagba disclosed that the party communicates to the Independent National Electoral Commission by formally informing the Commission of the vacancies in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection.
He insisted that by virtue of Section 109 (1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the lawmakers have vacated their seats.
The PDP demanded that INEC should within the constitutionally stipulated time, conduct fresh elections in the 27 State Constituencies in Rivers State where vacancies now exist as a result of the defection of the 27 former members.
The statement read, “The party directs the National Legal Adviser to commence appropriate legal action with respect to the declaration of the seats of the 25 defected former members vacant and the conduct of fresh election into the 25 State Constituencies in Rivers State in accordance with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“That the PDP will take every step necessary and available in a democracy to ensure that the votes and mandate of the people of the 25 State Constituencies in Rivers State are protected and not appropriated under any circumstance whatsoever.”….CONTINUE READING HERE