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

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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