The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has resolved to write the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to officially demand that fresh elections be conducted to fill “25 vacancies created by the defection PDP members of the Rivers State Assembly“.
This resolution was contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
He said the NWC “at its 580th meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, thoroughly reviewed the state of the Party in Rivers State.”
Of particular interest was “the defection of 25 now former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from the PDP, the political platform upon which they were elected into the House.”
He said the committee resolved as follows: “That the Party communicates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by formally informing the Commission of the vacancies in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection of the 25 now former members, who by virtue of Section 109 (1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) vacated their seats by their action;
“That the Party officially demand that INEC should within the Constitutionally stipulated time, conduct fresh election in the 25 state constituencies in Rivers State where vacancies now exist in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection of the 25 now former members;
“Direct the National Legal Adviser to commence appropriate legal action with respect to the declaration of the seats of the 25 defected former members vacant and the conduct of fresh election into the 25 constituencies in Rivers State in accordance with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
“That the PDP will take every step necessary and available in a democracy to ensure that the votes and mandate of the people of the 25 state constituencies in Rivers State are protected and not appropriated under any circumstance whatsoever.”