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House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by SamuelOamen: 1:45pm On Oct 07, 2020
There was a rowdy session on Thursday in the House of Representatives when two lawmakers of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers, Ephraim Nwuzi (Etched/Omuma Federal Constituency of Rivers) and David Abel (Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency of Taraba) announced their defection in separate letters to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila read during plenary.

While Nwuzi was present at plenary and officially received into the APC by House Leader, Ado Doguwa, Abel was absent.

The Speaker ruled since he was not present, his defection should be taken on the next legislative day.

However, opposition leaders and PDP members objected to the continued stay of the members in the House and asked the Speaker to declare their seats vacant.

Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, raised a constitutional order saying such defection can only be allowed if there was crisis in the party.

He said: "The member whose letter has just be read is from Rivers State and I am aware that there is no crisis in the PDP in Rivers State. As a result of that, we are demanding that the seat be declared vacant".

Deputy Minority Leader, Tobi Okechukwu said: "This country is based on law and due process. It is clear that our colleagues who wrote to defect are simply quoting the charisma of the Speaker.

"The law says there must be a crack in the party on whose platform the member was elected and in the absence of that, such a member should lose his seat. The Speaker must obey the constitution and ask those defecting to vacate their seat".

Leader of the PDP caucus in the House, Kingsley Chinda, said the law was very explicit on defection of members, adding that the Speaker swore to uphold the constitution and the law.

He informed the Speaker he was on trial, stressing his decision on the issue would go a long way to save democracy, insisting however that there are several decisions of the court on the issue of defection.

He said in one of its decisions, the Supreme Court held that a lawmaker who defected to another political party other than the one on whose platform he was elected shall have his seat declared vacant and that the Speaker has the responsibility of upholding the rule.

Chinda said the Speaker has yet another opportunity to uphold the rule of law saying "if you fail to uphold the law, it is either an act of cowardice or a deleberate refusal to uphold the law."

Gbajabiamila responded: "When I was Minority Leader, I said exactly the things you are saying now when we lose members to your party and you shouted me down.

"You must look at tbe combined reading of section 60 of the constitution and our House rules. It is in the rules of the House that people can cross and you sanctioned it. You have said I should do the right thing which I will do."

Referring to provisions of section 68 of the Constitution when a member's seat can be declared vacant, he said: "You are aware of a particular member of your party that has not been present on the floor of this House since we started seating. Should I declare his seat vacant?"

Elumelu fired back: "Mr. Speaker, you have just made an allegation. Maybe we should ask the Clerk of the House to bring the attendance register for verification".

The Speaker said: "If we do that, your party will suffer more because we are not talking about one person here. In any case, as you told me when I was Minority Leader, your points are noted".
https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-house-in-rowdy-session-as-pdp-loses-members-to-apc/

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Nobody: 2:08pm On Oct 07, 2020
APC and PDP are same thing

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by SmartProf(m): 2:20pm On Oct 07, 2020
In Naija politics there is no transfer deadline. Politicians defect here and there like they are blinking their eyes..that's how they keep giving their supporters the heavy duty job of justifying their actions anywhere they pitch their tent. Unfortunately most of their supporters are volunteer staff...they earn nothing for all the hard work.

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by akaahs(m): 2:21pm On Oct 07, 2020
Politicians been betraying people since 305 AD

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by garfield1: 2:21pm On Oct 07, 2020
SamuelOamen:
There was a rowdy session on Thursday in the House of Representatives when two lawmakers of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers, Ephraim Nwuzi (Etched/Omuma Federal Constituency of Rivers) and David Abel (Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency of Taraba) announced their defection in separate letters to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila read during plenary.

While Nwuzi was present at plenary and officially received into the APC by House Leader, Ado Doguwa, Abel was absent.

The Speaker ruled since he was not present, his defection should be taken on the next legislative day.

However, opposition leaders and PDP members objected to the continued stay of the members in the House and asked the Speaker to declare their seats vacant.

Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, raised a constitutional order saying such defection can only be allowed if there was crisis in the party.

He said: "The member whose letter has just be read is from Rivers State and I am aware that there is no crisis in the PDP in Rivers State. As a result of that, we are demanding that the seat be declared vacant".

Deputy Minority Leader, Tobi Okechukwu said: "This country is based on law and due process. It is clear that our colleagues who wrote to defect are simply quoting the charisma of the Speaker.

"The law says there must be a crack in the party on whose platform the member was elected and in the absence of that, such a member should lose his seat. The Speaker must obey the constitution and ask those defecting to vacate their seat".

Leader of the PDP caucus in the House, Kingsley Chinda, said the law was very explicit on defection of members, adding that the Speaker swore to uphold the constitution and the law.

He informed the Speaker he was on trial, stressing his decision on the issue would go a long way to save democracy, insisting however that there are several decisions of the court on the issue of defection.

He said in one of its decisions, the Supreme Court held that a lawmaker who defected to another political party other than the one on whose platform he was elected shall have his seat declared vacant and that the Speaker has the responsibility of upholding the rule.

Chinda said the Speaker has yet another opportunity to uphold the rule of law saying "if you fail to uphold the law, it is either an act of cowardice or a deleberate refusal to uphold the law."

[b]Gbajabiamila responded: "[b]When I was Minority Leader, I said exactly the things you are saying now when we lose members to your party and you shouted me down.

"You must look at tbe combined reading of section 60 of the constitution and our House rules. It is in the rules of the House that people can cross and you sanctioned it. You have said I should do the right thing which I will do."

Referring to provisions of section 68 of the Constitution when a member's seat can be declared vacant, he said: "You are aware of a particular member of your party that has not been present on the floor of this House since we started seating. Should I declare his seat vacant?"

Elumelu fired back: "Mr. Speaker, you have just made an allegation. Maybe we should ask the Clerk of the House to bring the attendance register for verification".

The Speaker said: "If we do that, your party will suffer more because we are not talking about one person here. In any case, as you told me when I was Minority Leader, your points are noted[/b]".[/b]


https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-house-in-rowdy-session-as-pdp-loses-members-to-apc/



Fergie,kahal,silvertongue,the highlighted part is very loud
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Hambivert: 2:26pm On Oct 07, 2020
Sparogatively, if you know history well you'll know that carpet crossing and Nigeria's politics are inseparable.

APC and PDP...are made up of the same nitwit their only difference is their party name! undecided

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Eastlink(m): 2:26pm On Oct 07, 2020
A welcome development. I sight you Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi (Etched/Omuma Federal Constituency of Rivers).

Amaechi on the rise. Let those who get hear listen. Ameachi on the rise. More Rivers PDP members to follow.

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Nikeruka(m): 2:27pm On Oct 07, 2020
Yeye! From robbing to kidnapping!
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Adonis86(m): 2:27pm On Oct 07, 2020
Bunch of crazy dullards. The country is in shambles, with hikes in petrol and electricity tariff no body is talking about how to fix them. Yet you're elected to represent the people's interest first before any other thing (Party and personal interests).
God will judge everyone according to his work. It's only one life, one day you'll stand before the judgement throne, all of you.


Look at the height of penury and austerity in the country. I have a Master's degree with a little paid job. I know how hard I think before spending these days in order to make ends meet, yet it's too hard to meet up. I then sit down daily thinking about the poor and the destitute. I daily imagine how they survive amidst the daunting scorching economic crunch and quagmire. Alas! Their leaders daily sit on their shares of national cakes, fight for the leftover and crumbs of it. A state of woe.

There are more issues of national concern that, ought to trigger rowdy session, not issue of party interest and dichotomy.

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by puyol005(m): 2:27pm On Oct 07, 2020
Alert don enter grin
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by GOFRONT(m): 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
How doee their defection increase the price of garri in the market??

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Nobody: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
Onijagidijagan:
APC and PDP are same thing

Agreed
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Lumig: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
grin
Awọn oniyeye. We can now see that the two major parties are just playing with the brains of Nigerians. Group of...

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by fergie001: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
garfield1:



Fergie,kahal,silvertongue,the highlighted part is very loud
Invariably.....Do me I do you, God no go vex....

Change kawai grin grin grin

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by slivertongue: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
democracy at work. PDP. should get to work and stop complaining. na turn by turn. its not by force to stay in a party

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by nrexzy: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
Illegal people....
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by wetmenow: 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
Waiting for them to come and beg for vote.
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by 900warriorz(m): 2:28pm On Oct 07, 2020
Una never chee chomtin grin grin grin


Buhari for 600years wink


Before you mention me, it is imperative to know that I no get sense grin
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Revere27: 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
Same rubbish party. Birds of a feather undecided undecided
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by bigdammyj: 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
Noted
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Macsjebs(m): 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
These are lawmakers for crying out loud undecided
What image of Nigeria are they portraying to the world
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by MrTAnonymous(m): 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
House of Rep = Comedy House cheesy


Incase you don't know na me talk
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by seunlayi(m): 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
They are all prostitutes
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by jospepper(m): 2:29pm On Oct 07, 2020
To Gbajabiamila this is payback time abi?

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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by xcellentgraphic: 2:30pm On Oct 07, 2020
Lol...its well o
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by GlorifiedTunde(m): 2:30pm On Oct 07, 2020
Is there any difference between thieves and burglars? undecided undecided

It's just like leaving one gang for another!

N di ara! angry angry
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by rowosky(m): 2:31pm On Oct 07, 2020
Savage Mode 2 is Fire!!!
Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by Felajack: 2:32pm On Oct 07, 2020
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Re: House In Rowdy Session As PDP Loses Members To APC by tonye33(m): 2:32pm On Oct 07, 2020
Does APC still exist in Rivers State?

If you stay in Rivers State you can attest that the only APC here is Amaechi and some of the aboki people sewing shoes and bags

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