The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to promptly initiate the process of organizing new elections for the 27 State Constituencies in Rivers State. This plea follows the vacancy created when 27 former Rivers state lawmakers willingly relinquished their seats by defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, issued a statement in Abuja on Monday, asserting, “The PDP maintains that, by defecting from the PDP, the political party platform on which they were elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly, the seats of the respective 27 former lawmakers have become vacant in accordance with Section 109 (1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”
He clarified, “Section 109 (1) of the 1999 Constitution stipulates that ‘a member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if … (g) 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 the expiration of the period for which that House was elected.'”
Ologunagba emphasized, “In light of the constitutional provision and its unambiguous interpretation by the Supreme Court, the 27 defected members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have forfeited their seats, rights, privileges, recognition, and obligations accorded to members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.”
The PDP is now calling on the Speaker of the Rivers State House Assembly to promptly comply with the constitutional provision by declaring the seats of the 27 former lawmakers vacant. Given the existing vacancies in the 27 State Constituencies in Rivers State, the PDP demands that INEC, within the stipulated period under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), conduct fresh elections to fill these vacancies.Follow us on social media