Lawyer asks 26 Rivers MPs to emulate faction chairman and resign

Lawyer asks 26 Rivers MPs to emulate faction chairman and resign

Justice Osai Ahiakwo, a prominent legal figure, has called on 26 members who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to resign as well.

He said this in a statement issued in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

A few days ago, the faction chairman of the five-member assembly loyal to Governor Simu Hubara, Ehie Ogelenye Edison, formally resigned from the assembly.

Mr Ahiakuo commended the former speaker for his actions, saying it was worth emulating by former members who defected from the PDP to the APC.

“There is no disputing the fact that the Rivers State Legislature currently does not exist as a result of the defection of the majority of its members and the state House of Assembly being in a coma.

He said: “Article 109(1)(b) applies to the circumstances alleged by Rt.” His Excellency Ehie Ogelenye Edison has resigned from Parliament.

“Members who defect to the APC must comply with Article 109(1)(g), which clearly states that the House elections are those sponsored by a political party, in this case the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It is stipulated that those who have declared themselves members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) shall, before the expiry of their term, become a separate political party and vacate (i.e. hold vacant) their seats in the House of Representatives.”

In an alternative proposal, Ahiakuo said that to avoid a constitutional crisis that could lead to national anarchy if the defecting members did not bow to the law's position, “voters must We must stand up to protect the Constitution by addressing this issue.” A petition against the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been signed by half of the people registered to vote in the defecting MP's constituency, claiming they have lost confidence in his representativeship. ”

He expressed hope that “if this is achieved in accordance with Article 110 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), law and order will be restored in the state.”


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