Imo Assembly: Why PDP declares defectors seats vacant

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The nationwide management of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has actually stated uninhabited, the seat of the speaker of the  and six othersthat supposedly defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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In a statement Made offered to EJES ESSENCE NAIJA,  read by the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party stated, it gets reports that some members of the Imo state House of Assembly chosen on the platform of its terrific party, have actually chosen to renounce the required they hang on the pedestal of its party, to flaw to the All Progressives Congress (APC), seemingly for their very self-centered gains.

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The PDP explains such action as unpatriotic and an unpardonable betrayal of the people of their particular constituencies who picked and related to the perfect and visions of the PDP as the platform for their representation at the state assembly.

The statement checked out in parts:

The defectors have actually certainly revealed outright absence of character, failure of management capability in minutes of obstacles and lack of faith to stand with the people in their most attempting minute, however are quickly purchased by individual monetary and political interests. 

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The PDP holds that these defectors are completely knowledgeable about the serious ramification of their actions to the result that by their defection to the APC, they have actually immediately lost their seats and subscription of the Imo state House of Assembly as they can just hold such position on the required of the party on which they were chosen; the PDP.

It is settled under the 1999 Constitution (as modified), that a legislator who decamps from a party upon which he was chosen a member of a legislative house immediately losses his/her subscription of that house as the seat comes from the political party upon which platform the election was won and not the person.

The holiday of seat, as a direct effect of decamping to another political party aside from the party upon which one was chosen to inhabit a seat in the legislature, is clear and unambiguous under area 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as modified).

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For the avoidance of doubt, area 109 (1)(g) offers that “a member of the House of Assembly SHALL LEAVE his seat in the House if …(g) being an individual whose election to the House of Assembly by a political party, he ends up being a member of another political party prior to the expiration of the period for which that House was chosen:

The Constitution went even more to state “provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”


Consequent upon the above constitutional arrangements, these defectors have actually abandoned their seats, they no longer have a location in the state assembly, as there is no department or merger of any kind in the PDP at any level whatsoever.

The PDP is for that reason entrusted no other alternative than to ask for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to right away start the procedures for the conduct of fresh elections into the particular state constituencies where the lawmakers have actually abandoned their seats, in line with the arrangements of the 1999 Constitution.

The PDP gets in touch with our bursting members and fans in Imo state to stay calm and focused at this attempting time as the nationwide management earnings with plans ahead of fresh elections in the impacted constituencies.

Moreover, the nationwide management guarantees the people of Imo state that procedures are currently on towards accomplishing a judicial evaluation and turnaround of the malfunctioning judgment of the Supreme Court, on the Imo state governorship election


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