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Opposition party might sue defecting legislator

07 February 2014, 20:26

Abuja - The Democratic People's Party (DPP) has given Suleiman Kwande, a member representing Jos North/Bassa Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, up to Monday to decide whether to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) or face legal action and lose his seat.

Kwande, who got his mandate into the House of Representatives on the platform of the DPP, recently defected to APC against his party’s directive.

Addressing newsmen in Jos today the National Chairman of the party, Rt. General Jeremiah Useni said, “DPP was already at its final stage of talks with the PDP with a view of our party joining the PDP. So he either defects to PDP or we would drag him to court and declare his seat vacant.”

Recalling an earlier encounter with the parties that merged to form the APC, Useni said the DPP and the parties had once attempted an alliance but it failed because the parties were inclined to selfish interest.
He added that, in any case, the DPP decided that it should not move from opposition to join another opposition.

 “So, when Kwande talked about the pressure on him to defect, we said, “If you are to go anywhere at all, go to PDP, where we are already discussing, but not to APC,”” Useni said, adding this was why he (Useni) wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives to invalidate Kwande’s action.

I have nothing against him (Kwande) as an individual, but when you are in a party, you act within the confines of the party. If by Monday he has not aligned with us (if he has not returned to DPP or moved to PDP) we will take him to court, to declare his seat vacant because we have no factions in our party which he can use as an excuse for defection,” said Useni.

- CAJ News


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