PDP Heads To Court In Quest To Sack Defected Governors

PDP Heads To Court In Quest To Sack Defected Governors

By Daily Times NG on December 13, 2013
PDP Rotimi Amaechi Rivers State APC Nigeria Corruption White Paper
Rotimi Amaechi

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has asked an Abuja Federal High Court to sack the five governors who recently  defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress.

The governors are Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).

The Independent National Electoral Commission was listed as a defendant alongside the defected governors in the suit filed on behalf of the PDP by Alex Izinyon, SAN.

The PDP argued that the governors should be sacked from office on the grounds that, because of their defection, they have forfeited their offices, which, as a result, have reverted to the party.

In the likely event that the five governors are sacked from office, PDP wants the court to order the deputy governor or speaker of the state Houses of Assembly of the affected states, or any officer next in rank, who is still a member of the PDP, to assume the office of governor.

PDP is praying to the court for several reliefs, among which is a declaration that by the combined provisions of sections 177 (c), 221 and 222 (c) of the 1999 Constitution, the five governors, who were elected under its platform, cannot continue to enjoy the mandate given to it (PDP) by the people/ electorate of the concerned states as they (governors) have defected to another political party.

The party also asked the court to equally make a declaration that in the absence of any division in the PDP, the five governors have vacated or forfeited their seats upon their defection to the APC.

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