The Niger State All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman on a statement credited to him on the State Assembly, declaring vacant the seat of a defected House of Assembly member representing Tafa constituency.
The State APC legal adviser, Bar. Khaleed I. Yusuf, while reacting to Barrister Tanko Beji statement at the weekend in Minna, described the statement as frivolous and not authoritative.
He said that the PDP Chairman did not make recourse to section 109, sub section 1, paragraph D of 1999 constitution of Nigeria in his argument.
“A member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the house if being a person whose election to the house of assembly was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before expiration of the period for which that house was elected,
“Provided that his membership of the later political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one or which he was sponsored”, he quoted to back his argument.
Khaleed stated that the party took the decision to declare the seat of the member vacant based on the constitutional provision, hence the decision of the House of Assembly on the matter.
He added that the party has the power to checkmate and oversight such members on the total romance or submission to other political party in which the said member was found wanting.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently told the Niger state House of Assembly to immediately reverse its decision declaring the seat of the member representing Tafa constituency Alhaji Danladi Iyah vacant.
The party said in a statement signed by its chairman, Bar. Tanko Beji, that if the decision was not positively changed within two weeks, it would have no option than to seek redress in the courts.
Following a letter from the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jibrin Imam, the Assembly, at its sitting last week Wednesday, unanimously declared the seat of Danladi Iyah vacant after he (Iyah) had written to the All Progressives Congress (APC), resigning his membership of the party.