The PDP faction in the Edo House of Assembly, led by Deputy Speaker, Mr Festus Ebea, on Monday declared the seat of Mr Victor Edoro, member representing Esan Central constituency, vacant.
Ebea made the pronouncement during plenary held in the old assembly complex in Benin.
He said that Edoro defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) without following due process.
He explained that defection of members was justified if the party in which they won election was in crisis, adding that the PDP in the state was not in crisis.
Ebea said that Edoro’s defection without genuine reasons contravened Nigeria’s constitution.
The deputy speaker called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to fill the vacant position within 90 days
Speaking before adjourning sitting till Sept. 8, Ebea apologised to the people of Edo for the crisis rocking the legislature.
He said that the suspension of four PDP lawmakers and the subsequent suspension of the minority leader and whip by the APC faction of the house was autocratic.
“The lawmakers who defected from the APC to PDP have genuine constitutional backing for their action,’’ he said.
He said the sitting of the APC faction of the house at Government House was “null and void’’, adding that the venue was not a designated place for legislative activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC faction, at its plenary held at the old assembly complex inside government house on July 30, declared the seat of Mr Abdulrazak Momoh, (PDP Etsako West 1) constituency vacant.
The Speaker of the APC led faction, Mr Uyi Igbe, said that Momoh’s seat was declared vacant for defecting from the APC to PDP without following due process. (NAN)