Edo Assembly Crisis: PDP faction declares seat of decampee lawmaker vacant

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole

Mr. Edoro moved from PDP to APC.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faction in the Edo House of Assembly, led by Festus Ebea, on Monday declared the seat of Victor Edoro, the member representing Esan Central constituency, vacant.

Four Edo lawmakers, members of the PDP, who were suspended by the All Progressives Congress, APC, dominated Assembly have been holding separate sittings claiming to be the authentic Assembly.

Mr. Ebea made the pronouncement during his group’s plenary held in the old assembly complex in Benin.

He said that Mr. Edoro defected from the PDP to the APC without following due process. He explained that defection of members was justified if the party in which they won election was in crisis, adding that the PDP in the state was not in crisis.

Mr. Ebea said that Mr. Edoro’s defection without genuine reasons contravened Nigeria’s constitution. He, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to fill the vacant position within 90 days

Speaking before adjourning their sitting till September 8, Mr. Ebea apologised to the people of Edo for the crisis rocking the legislature.

He said that the suspension of the four PDP lawmakers and the subsequent suspension of the minority leader and whip by the Assembly was autocratic.

“The lawmakers who defected from the APC to PDP have genuine constitutional backing for their action,” he said.

He said the sitting of the APC dominated Assembly at the Government House was “null and void,” adding that the venue was not a designated place for legislative activities.

The APC-led Assembly, at its plenary held at the old assembly complex inside government house on July 30, declared the seat of Abdulrazak Momoh, (PDP Etsako West 1) vacant.

The Speaker of the APC-led Assembly, Uyi Igbe, said that Mr. Momoh’s seat was declared vacant for defecting from the APC to PDP without following due process.


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