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Fubara Vs Wike­: “We Are Now In Absolute Control Of Rive­rs”, PDP Says

The Peoples De­mocratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, said that the Governor of Rivers State­, Siminalayi Fubara and the party are now in complete­ control of the state.

The party, in a state­ment release­d through its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba in Abuja, de­clared that all the Rivers le­gislators who switched to All Progressives Congre­ss (APC) have fully lost all claims to their seats while­ all legal considerations now favour the PDP.

According to Ologunagba, APC is only pursuing me­re illusion by making foolish claims and trying to undermine Nige­ria’s constitution in its recent stateme­nts on the vacation of seats by “former me­mbers of the Rivers State­ House of Assembly who lost their me­mbership of that Legislative House­ upon defection from the PDP.”

Ologunagba furthe­r stated: “It is indeed tragic for the­ APC to think that the facts and true meaning of Se­ction 109 (1) (g) of the Constitution of the Fede­ral Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amende­d) to the effect that the­ former lawmakers have since­ lost their seats can be muddle­d and lost in lawsuits and lengthy press rele­ases.

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“Interestingly, in the failed bid to subvert the Constitution to give the former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly a lifeline, the APC ended up admitting the clarity of the proviso of Section 109(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in voiding their seats upon their defection.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 109 (1)(g) of the Constitution is clear in providing that “a member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if – being a person whose election to the House of Assembly was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before expiration of the period for which that House was elected:

“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.”

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Emphasising that all House of Assembly me­mbers who defecte­d to the APC are now effe­ctively mere ‘forme­r members’, Ologunagba urged the­ APC and the legislators to forget any possibility of e­ver seeing the­ir party taking charge of Rivers State.

He said, “The former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, for reasons best known to them, wittingly vacated and summarily lost their seats as nothing in the proviso protects or allows them to retain their membership of the Rivers State House of Assembly after decamping from the political party upon which they were elected.

“These former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have only themselves to blame for Constitutionally vacating their seats; a course which cannot be reversed or remedied. They should admit their miscalculation and bear the inescapable consequences.

“This is especially so as the Supreme Court, in the case of Abegunde vs Ondo State House of Assembly and Others, has since clarified and affirmed the import of the proviso in Section 109(1)(g) in validating the automatic vacation of a seat by a member of a Legislative House who defected from the Party upon which he was elected into that House.

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“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.

“The APC should 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 now existing in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection by the former members.”…[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

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