By Ehi Ekhator
The 37 newly defected lawmakers might be in trouble as the leadership of the ruling party, People Democratic Party (PDP) have given the speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal to declare their seats vacant.
This was contained in a press statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh.
37 members of the House of Representatives under the ruling party, yesterday, defected to the opposition party, All Progressives Congress. According to the defected members, they had to make the decision due to the unresolved problem sinking the party.
They also revealed that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the party from declaring their seats vacant.
Olisa Metuh in his press statement debunked the restraining claim by the defected members of reps.
His words “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to claims by 37 defecting members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the Party from declaring their seats vacant in line with provisions of the Constitution.”
He added “We have, after a careful review discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the Court clearly says that “status quo” be maintained which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.”
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any Party. We wish to re-emphasize here that the Courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in the PDP.”
“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of the PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay. This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”
“Nigerians are eagerly awaiting this call to duty as this will go a long way in demonstrating our commitment to the rule of law.”