National Assembly and State legislators from Zamfara State planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC with Governor Bello Matawalle have been warned by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that they risk losing their seats upon constitutional grounds and specific orders of the Supreme Court.
The PDP warned Governor Bello Matawalle to know that his plan to defect amounts to a decision to vacate office “as no law allows him to cross over to any other party with the governorship mandate statutorily given to the PDP through the ballot box, as already established by the provision of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the standing judgment of the Supreme Court.”
Addressing newsmen at the party’s secretariat yesterday, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said a “combined reading of Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as the pronouncements of the Supreme Court in Faleke v. INEC (2016) is clear in holding that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party, acts only as the agent of his party.”
Specifically warning the legislators against following the governor in his defection plan, the PDP cautioned the legislators “not to allow themselves to be pushed into losing their seats as the provisions of the constitution is very clear in barring lawmakers from cross carpeting, except in a situation of a division in the political party upon which platform they were elected.”
The PDP spokesman said that “there is no division in the PDP to warrant to the defection of any of our lawmakers.”
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee, NWC, has dissolved the dissolution of the Zamfara State Executive of the party in line with the provision of Section 29 (2)(b) of the PDP Constitution 2017 (as amended).
“All party leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in Zamfara state should, by this, be guided accordingly,” he added.