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Illegality of impeachment and defection by legislators by Femi Falana, SAN.

The crisis of misgovernance in the country has been accentuated by the official impunity of members of the ruling class.  Hence, the executive is justifying disobedience of court orders while legislators regularly suspend their colleagues and carry out impeachment of Governors outside the ambit of the Constitution.    Even though it has been decided by the Court of Appeal that a legislative house lacks the power to suspend a legislator both chambers of the national assembly and state legislative houses have continued to suspend members who disagree with their colleagues. 

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Defection or disinfection?: Political prostitutes and the soul of Nigeria

THE political talk of the town now is the “defection” of fourteen senators and thirty-seven representatives from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Indeed, to my good friend Olisa Agbakoba — founding president and former colleague at the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), now co-convener of the Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) — what transpired last week in the tainted chambers of the National Assembly is nothing short of the warning waves of a political tsunami of mass desertion from APC.

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