Tambuwal’s Defection: PDP youth commend Police for stripping Speaker of security

SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AMINU TAMBUWAL
Speaker of House of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal

The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] Youth Frontier have commended the Nigeria Police for withdrawing the security detail of the Speaker, House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal.

The group’s national coordinator, Austin Okai, in a statement on Saturday commended the Nigeria police chief, Suleiman Abba, for “swiftly enforcing the dictates of Nigerian law.”

Mr. Okai said Mr. Abba’s withdrawal of Mr. Tambuwal’s police detail was a show of professionalism and non-partisanship by the Nigeria police.

Mr. Abba ordered the withdrawal of the police personnel attached to the speaker following Mr. Tambuwal’s defection from the PDP to the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) last Tuesday.

The police based their action on the provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states: a member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if being a person whose election to the House 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; 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.

The PDP youth forum urged Mr. Tambuwal to stop parading himself as Speaker of the House of Representatives as it amounted to impersonation and deceit.

Mr. Okai also called on Nigerians to demand the lawmaker execute the dictates of the law in the matter to avoid a dangerous trend.

“It is bearable when new entrants in politics, in a show of ignorance commit blunders of this nature but a situation where a principal lawmaker rounding up in his third term in parliament stoops to the pitiable depth of encouraging crass lawlessness and irresponsibility must be condemned in very clear and strong terms,” Mr. Okai said.

Mr. Tambuwal’s defection from the PDP and the party’s reaction to it has continued to raise concern among the opposition, legal practitioners and other Nigerians.


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  • George

    THE POLICE DID VERY WELL BECAUSE THE LAW IS VERY CLEAR ON THIS MATTER.

    APC RATS SHOULD READ TO UNDERSTAND====The police based their action on the provision of section 68(1)(g) of
    the 1999 Constitution as amended which states: a member of the Senate
    or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of
    which he is a member if being a person whose election to the House 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; 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.

    • Barr. Ugochukwu Elendu

      Mr interpreter George sir, and you don’t know there are several divisions and crack in Sokoto PDP?

      • joe

        artificially created by the likes of Tambuwal, just like what atiku and 5 governors did in Abuja.

        • Amir

          You are daft. The law did not differentiate between your warped artificial or equally warped authentic. When the president was involved in mending the crack at Aso Rock, was that not a crisis and division.

          • Contact Point

            You are wasting your time educating the ignoramus. Get yourself a cool drink and useless such time than wasting it worthlessly.

        • Goks

          Artificially-created division?

    • Contact Point

      Your type always read articles or writings upside down, so not surprise that even after you may have read that same chapter of our Constitution, you are yet to assimilate its true meaning. If you are not insane (can’t be ruled out), you should have known that PDPig has torn apart in Sokoto. Anyway, no strength to spend on tissue paper like you

  • Goks

    Mr. PDP Youth Coordinator, I am certainly not surprised by your commendation to the IGP for withdrawing the Speaker’s security details. Fellow Nigerians, please don’t get me wrong, I honestly don’t have grouse against any political party in Nigeria. Arguably, the more political parties we have, the stronger the competition/opposition and ultimately the better our political structure. I write this post not as Nigerian concealed in APC or PDP or LP or even ‘NRC or SDP’ garment. I write as patriot and freethinker who is solely interested in the future of his dear country. I find it hard to comprehend the ignorance and bitterness expressed by Mr. Youth Coordinator. Hello Mr. Coordinator, when does defection from one party to another amounts to “lawlessness and irresponsibility”. Says who? Even our President is not empowered to declare the office of the Speaker vacant.Back to your comment, it cannot be lawlessness and irresponsibility if the Constitution provides for defection and it is done within the constitutional purview i.e if there is division/factionalization in PDP, merger of two parties etc. Currently, only the court can decides whether or not the defection is proper.

    Now, let’s assume none of the conditions stated in Section 68 (1)(g) of the constitution exist in PDP. Put differently, let’s assume the Speaker’s defection is “lawless and irresponsible” according to my dear Mr. Youth Coordinator, the House will still have to meet to vote out/in the Speaker from office. If you may know, defection does not automatically terminates the status of a public officeholder. It simply invokes the interpretative power vested in the Court. Finally, I do not believe the opinion expressed by Mr. Okai totally represents the ideals and thoughts of many “reasonable and patriotic” PDP youths and Nigerians generally. I beseech thee, let’s put an end to politics of bitterness and stomach infrastructure. QED

  • olawale

    the PDP youths are nothing but a great loss to our great nation.A country like Nigeria,with a well define constitution now watch when evil strives.its really saddens

  • Ette

    Like father like son. Sure you cannot give what you do not have. PDP has passed the legacy of wickedness, corruption, deception, conflicts, cultism to its younger generation and they are learning fast. NIGERIA can no longer go that destructive path or we will become God forsaken. May God give us leaders who will know that it is righteousness that exalts a nation but sin is a reproach, leaders who will manage the resources of our land in His fear and for the good of all, leaders who will give God rightful place in their life and in this nation. May God’s hand of judgment rise against wicked people who shed blood, rob the people of their resources and remove them and make them bear His fierce consequences of their wickedness. Amen.

  • excel

    i don’t think this should come as a surprise, can anything good come out of pdpig Egypt? so police now have the autonomy to interpret Nigeria constitution? pdpig youth will need to explain the duty of Nigeria judiciary, when a federal high court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ruled that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House of Representatives. and yet the foolishness of pdpig continue ranting.

    Will pdpig obey the court ruling?.Will IGP do the needful?. Nigerians are watching. #APC taking over