The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has threatened to ensure the removal from seats two of its House of Representatives members for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday.
Two PDP House of Reps members, Tony Nwoye (Anambra State) and Udende Emmanuel (Benue State), had on Wednesday declared their intention to defect to the APC.
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In separate letters read by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the House, the two members cited to the division in the PDP as reason for their action.
They stated that since the PDP has split into three factions separately headed by Ali Modu Sheriff, Ahmed Makarfi and Jerry Gana, they do not wish to belong to any faction.
However, in a swift retort on Wednesday, the party said there was no faction in the PDP.
In a statement signed by the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the party, Ojo Madueke, PDP said there was only one approved National Convention which took place in Port Harcourt on Saturday 21st of May, 2016, which, it said, was, in accordance with the PDP Constitution.
The statement read: “The rank and file of the Party have resolved to work together, and PDP has never been stronger than it is now since its entry into the honourable role of a robust and principled opposition.
“Any suggestion of a faction, is at best ill-informed and ignorant, and at worst, is part of a grand plan to decimate the only political platform today, that is ready, experienced and able to honour the nation’s invitation to have a credible opposition party that will hold Government of the day accountable and thereby strengthen and nourish our young democracy.
“Let it therefore be understood by those of our members in the National Assembly who may be tempted to jump ship, or have already jumped, that on the basis of clear decisions of cases decided in the Supreme Court, they stand the risk of losing their seats in Parliament if they went ahead with their latest indulgence.”
“The pattern of PDP electoral victories all over the federation since the 2015 General Elections shows that where there is election arising from such vacancies, PDP will return a more credible and more loyal representative of the people.”