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PDP vows to declare seats of defecting lawmakers vacant

02 June 2016, 15:07

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said  its members in the National Assembly who have defected would lose their seats.

Two members of the PDP in the National Assembly, Hon. Tony Nwoye (Anambra) and Hon. Emmanuel Udende (Benue) on Wednesday dumped the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),

Also read: PDP reps defect to APC

The party stated that it would rely on the clear decisions of cases decided in the Supreme Court over such defections.

The party in a statement by the secretary of the party's Board of Trustees (BoT), Ojo Maduekwe, said it is ready to contest the matter in court.

The statement reads: Any suggestion of a faction is at best ill-informed and ignorant, and at worst, is part of a grand plan to decimate the only political platform today that is ready, experienced and able to honour the nation’s invitation to have a credible opposition party – that will hold government of the day accountable and thereby strengthen and nourish our young democracy.
“Let it therefore be understood by those of our members in the National Assembly who may be tempted to jump ship, or have already jumped, that on the basis of clear decisions of cases decided in the Supreme Court, they stand the risk of losing their seats in Parliament if they went ahead with their latest indulgence.

“Our party will insist on a declaration of vacancy and subsequent elections in affected constituencies in the event of such misguided defections.

- News 24


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