Niger Assembly member quits APC, loses seat

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The Niger state House of Assembly has yesterday declared the seat of the member representing Tafa Constituency, Honorable Danladi Iyah, vacant over his decision to quit the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The declaration was following a letter sent to the Assembly by the state Chairman of APC requesting that the Assembly effect the consequences of the legislator’s defection, which was read during plenary on Wednesday.
The Chairman’s letter said that the reason proffered by the legislator was not tenable as it was personal and not constitutional.
The letter reads in part “I want the House of Assembly to effect the conditions of section 109 sub section 1(g) of the Nigeria constitution and declare the seat of the member representing Tafa Constituency vacant. His reasons are not justifiable.”
In his letter written to the APC, the affected legislator did not state the party he intended to go to, but stated that his defection was due to hostilities he suffered as a member of the party.
While speaking on the floor during the deliberation, the member representing Borgu Constituency, Honorable Ahmed Abba, however agreed with the letter from the APC Chairman, saying that the reasons for the defection is not in line with the Constitution of Nigeria, adding “declaring his seat vacant is the right thing to do.”
The member representing Bida Constituency, Honorable Haruna Mohammed, seconded the motion.
The Speaker, Honorable Ahmed Marafa, then declared the seat vacant and directed the Clerk of the Assembly, Abdullahi Kagara, to stop all financial dealings due to the member.

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