Mass Defection: PDP Alerts INEC on 25 Vacant Seats in Rivers Assembly  - The Top Society

Mass Defection: PDP Alerts INEC on 25 Vacant Seats in Rivers Assembly 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) announced on Wednesday that it has officially informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about the 25 vacant seats in the Rivers House of Assembly.

This move comes in the wake of 27 lawmakers, reportedly aligned with former Governor Nyesom Wike, defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, although two of them have since returned to the PDP.

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Responding swiftly, the PDP, on the following day, urged Edison Ehie, the Speaker of the Rivers assembly, to promptly declare the seats of the defected lawmakers vacant.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, in a statement, called on INEC to conduct elections in the affected constituencies, citing Section 109 (1) of the constitution, which outlines the grounds for a lawmaker to lose their parliamentary seat.

“That the Party communicates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by formally informing the Commission of the vacancies in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection of the 25 now former members, who by virtue of Section 109 (1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) vacated their seats by their action,” the statement reads. 

“That the Party officially demand that INEC should within the Constitutionally stipulated time, conduct fresh election in the 25 State Constituencies in Rivers State where vacancies now exist in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection of the 25 now former members. 

“Direct 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).” 

According to the PDP,

“every step necessary 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”. 

Following a comprehensive review of the situation during its meeting on Wednesday, the PDP affirmed its commitment to upholding constitutional provisions and maintaining the integrity of the electoral process in Rivers State.

 

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