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Rivers Crisis: Blame Nobody But Yourselves, PDP Tells Ex-Lawmakers

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The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has said the sacked members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have only themselves to blame for breaching the constitution and should bear the consequences.

PDP in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, told the former lawmakers to admit their miscalculation, which it added, cannot be reversed or remedied.

The party noted that the Supreme Court, in the case of Abegunde vs Ondo State House of Assembly and others, has clarified the import of the provision Section 109(1)(g).

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According to the statement, I'll the apex court asserted that a member of a legislative house who defected from the party upon which he was elected into that house, automatically loses his seat.

“For the umpteenth time the PDP cautions the APC to steer clear of Rivers State; it should perish the thoughts of forcefully taking over the state and stop exasperating the public space by seeking to reverse the irreversible,” PDP advised.

It added that nothing in the constitution protects or allows them to retain their membership of the house after decamping from the political party upon which they were elected.

The party accused the APC of attempt to subvert the constitution on the vacation of seats by former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who, it said lost their membership of that house upon defection from the PDP.

It advised the APC to “come to terms that with the vacation of seats by the former lawmakers, the quorum of the Rivers State House of Assembly will be determined by the number of the remaining lawmakers as provided by law” until a bye-election is conducted to fill the vacancies created by the defection.


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