Politics More Drama in Edo Assembly as PDP Lawmakers Declare Seat of Defected Lawmaker Vacant



The Edo state house of Assembly is fast becoming the political theatre to watch out for in Nigeria. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP faction in the Edo State House of Assembly, led by Deputy Speaker, Mr Festus Ebea, on Monday declared the seat of Mr Victor Edoro, member representing Esan Central constituency, vacant.

Ebea made the pronouncement during plenary held in the old assembly complex in Benin.

He said that Edoro defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (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.

Ebea said that Edoro’s defection without genuine reasons contravened Nigeria's constitution.

The deputy speaker called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to fill the vacant position within 90 days

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

He said that the suspension of four PDP lawmakers and the subsequent suspension of the minority leader and whip by the APC faction of the house 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 faction of the house at Government House was "null and void", adding that the venue was not a designated place for legislative activities.

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

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

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