Don’t remove defecting govs, APC warns PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly warned the PDP not to
to go ahead with its diabolical plan to declare vacant the seats of
the five PDP Governors who recently defected to the APC, saying apart
from being illegal and smacking of double standard, such a move has
the potential to plunge the polity into chaos.

In a statement, Thursday, in Abuja by its Interim National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that even as
the PDP has continued to lick the mortal wound inflicted on it by the
loss of five preeminent Governors in one fell swoop, any attempt by
the party (PDP) to act in desperation and declare the Governors’ seats
vacant will be met with an unprecedented show of people power that
will end, once and for all, the impunity of the PDP and the
Presidency.

”We have irrefutable evidence that the PDP is desperately shopping
for a pliant Judge who will be heavily induced to declare vacant the
seats of the five Governors who recently defected to the APC. We also
have the name of the lawyers who have been retained by the PDP for
this hatchet job.

”We are in possession of the various nefarious legal options being
explored by the villainous duo of the PDP and the
Presidency but we hereby serve a strong notice to the duo that any
attempt by anyone through any means other than what is provided for in
section 188 of the 1999 Constitution as amended will not only have
grave consequences but will leave the polity severely bruised.

”We know the PDP and the Presidency are anarchic and nihilistic, and
will not mind to pursue any narrow and selfish objective, even if
doing such can plunge the nation into crisis. But their cup is
gradually getting full. Having got away with their trademark impunity
in Delta and Anambra States, these lawless, reckless and feckless duo
of maleficence now believe they can continue to act without regards to
the laws of the land and with no scintilla of decency.

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”We wish to state unequivocally that should the PDP go ahead with
this plan, there will be widespread repercussions as the APC has
resolved that henceforth, every act of impunity of the PDP and the
Presidency will be met with stiff resistance in the form of a
vociferous telegraphing of people power, the likes of which have not
been witnessed in these parts,” it said.

APC reminded the PDP and the Presidency that a party that boasts of 16
Governors….still counting…and has control of
the National Assembly has what it takes to use people power to stop
acts of impunity, disregard for the laws of the land
and barbaric brigandage – and that is exactly what the APC will do in
the event of any unlawful declaration of the five
Governors’ seats vacant.

The party also warned against any attempt by the PDP and the
Presidency to turn back the hands of the clock as far as the
cleaning up of the judiciary is concerned, by inducing a servile and
disreputable Judge to do the duo’s bidding.

”We recognize the efforts of the present CJN to sanitize the
Judiciary since she assumed the mantle of leadership but she
should not allow any black leg to reverse the gains that have been
recorded on the altar of unmitigated avarice. This is
because if that happens, Nigerians will hold the Judiciary vicariously
liable for the catastrophic consequences that may follow,” it said.

Accusing the PDP of engaging in double standard, APC said ”For all of
14 years, elected members of the State Houses of Assembly as well as
the National Assembly have been defecting mostly to the PDP and no
court has ever declared their seats vacant.

”Late Senator Wahab Dosunmu and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, then of the
Alliance for Democracy (AD), blazed the trail when they decamped to
the PDP within a year of their election. Since then scores of elected
lawmakers at state and federal levels have defected to the PDP without
any eyebrows being raised or anyone declaring their seats vacant.

”When Governors Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State and Theodore Orji of Abia
state, both elected on the platform of the PPA, and
Governor Isah Yuguda of Bauchi state, who was elected on the platform
of the ANPP, defected to the PDP, nobody declared their seats vacant.

”As a matter of fact, the PDP under late President Umar Yar’Adua
organized an elaborate reception to welcome Gov. Yuguda to the PDP.
Why then should the case of the five PDP Governors (still counting)
who have joined the APC be different? Why is the PDP suddenly afraid
of taking the same medicine it has been administering to others? Does
it mean that all the bravado that has been displayed by the PDP, which
says it is not bothered by the defection of the five Governors, is
just a facade to hide its deep pain at the monumental loss?” the
party queried.

It also asked the PDP and the Presidency, if they can allow a rare
moment of introspection, to go and read – and be guided by – the
ruling of the Supreme Court after the PDP attempted to make then Vice
President Atiku Abubakar to lose his seat and to also strip him of his
privileges following his defection to the ACN.

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