Rivers crisis: Lawmakers who defected to APC have lost their seats – Falana

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress have lost their positions in the legislative body.

Recall that Twenty five lawmakers loyal to the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the course of the ongoing political fight between the Federal Capital Territory minister and Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on the imbroglio, Falana opined that by the lawmakers’ defection to the APC, they have given up their seats in the House.

According to him, “Unless you can show and demonstrate that there is division in a political party that sponsored your election, you cannot remain in any legislative arm if you decamp to another party.

“The whole idea is that the constitution set out to ban political prostitution on the part of legislators.”

The human rights lawyer spoke further, “It may be very difficult to persuade the court to allow them to remain in the legislative house unless they are prepared to go back to the people and have their mandate renewed by the people.

“The Supreme Court made this clear in the case of Adetunde and the Labour Party, that you cannot decamp and then remain a member of a legislative house in Nigeria unless you can show that there is a division in your party. It doesn’t mean a division in a local government or a state. It has to be on the national level. That is the position of the court.”

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