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Kaduna, Niger assemblies declare seats of defecting members vacant

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By Wole Mosadomi & Ben Agande

THE fight among political parties in the country, especially between All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has assumed a new dimension with Niger and Kaduna states houses of Assembly declaring the seat of defecting members vacant.

While the Kaduna State House of Assembly, yesterday, declared the seats of the two lawmakers, who defected from APC to PDP, vacant, the Niger State House of Assembly declared the seat of the member representing Tafa constituency, Danladi Iyah, vacant and all his entitlements ordered stopped.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State House of Assembly has elected a new Deputy Speaker, Nuhu Shadalafiya, representing Kadarko constituency, who took over from John Kwaturu of Kachia state constituency, who resigned his position last week and also defected from APC to PDP.

Another member, representing Kudan constituency, Junaidu Yakubu, also joined PDP from APC.

They had claimed that they dumped APC over what they described as “impunity” in the party.

Declaring their seats vacant, Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Aminu Shaghali, said the reasons adduced by the lawmakers for decamping to the opposition PDP were not tenable, since there was no crisis or rancour in the party at both the state and the national level.

He cited Section 309 of the constitution to back his position.

In Niger

In Minna, for defecting from APC to an unnamed party, the seat of the member representing Tafa constituency, Danladi Iyah, has been pronounced vacant and all his entitlements ordered stopped.

The step was taken after a letter sent to the Assembly by the state Chairman of APC, Engineer Jibrin Imam, on the defection was read at plenary, yesterday.

The APC Chairman, in his letter to the House, described the reasons advanced by the defector as untenable, unconstitutional, personal and unconvincing.

He said: “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.”

After a long deliberation over the matter, member representing Borgu constituency, Bala Abba, threw his weight behind the APC Chairman’s request to declare his seat vacant and therefore moved the motion, saying “his defection is unconstitutional and so declaring his seat vacant is the right thing to do.”

The member representing Bida, Haruna Mohammed, seconded the motion.

The Speaker, Ahmed Marafa, then declared the seat vacant and directed the Clerk of the Assembly to officially convey the message to the affected legislator and stopped all financial dealings due him with immediate effect.


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