Defect to APC and lose your seat, PDP warns Gov. Matawalle

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Zamfara state Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle to reconsider his decision to move to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Specifically, the party said the governor stands to lose his seat in event of any defection.

PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan stated this Monday while speaking to journalists at the party headquarters in Abuja.

He said Matawalle’s planned defection is a decision to vacate office.

Ologbondiyan said “no law allows him to cross over to any other party with the governorship mandate statutorily given to the PDP through the ballot box, as already established by the provision of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the standing judgment of the Supreme Court.

“A combined reading of Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as the pronouncements of the Supreme Court in Faleke v. INEC (2016) is clear in holding that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party, acts only as the agent of his party.”

The PDP spokesperson also cautioned members of the National Assembly as well as members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, “not to allow themselves to be pushed into losing their seats as the provisions of the constitution is very clear in barring lawmakers from cross carpeting, except in a situation of a division in the political party upon which platform they were elected.

“There is no division in the PDP to warrant defection of any of our lawmakers. The PDP hopes that Bello Matawalle as well as members of the National and State Assembly from Zamfara state will take caution.

“Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the dissolution of the Zamfara State Executive of the party. The decision is in line with the provision of Section 29 (2)(b) of the PDP Constitution 2017 (as amended). All party leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party in Zamfara state should, by this, be guided accordingly.”


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