JUST IN: Ebonyi Assembly Declares Seats Of Three PDP Members Vacant


Ebonyi Assembly Declares Seats Of Three PDP Members Vacant

Ebonyi Assembly has declared the seats of three PDP members vacant, The Nation report.

Ebonyi House of Assembly has declared the seats of three members elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vacant.

This followed a letter of resignation purported to have been written by the three lawmakers resigning from their seats.

Speaker Francis Nwifuru read the letter during an emergency sitting of the House on Tuesday.

The three lawmakers are Ali Okechukwu(Ishielu North); Franca Okpo Abakaliki North) and Victor Aleke (Ebonyi West).

The three lawmakers and five other PDP colleagues were not at the sitting.

But all the 1 All Progressive Party (APC) lawmakers attended the sitting.

Speaker Nwifuru read the letters on the floor after which he declared the seats of the three lawmakers vacant.

He also ordered the clerk to write to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) notifying the elector body of the development and the need to conduct fresh elections in the affected constituencies.

But the three lawmakers maintained they are still members of the House of Assembly.

Speaking on their behalf in a telephone interview, Mr Victor Aleke, described the actions of the Speaker and APC lawmakers as illegal.

According to him, the Speaker and the other APC lawmakers, having been sacked by the Federal High Court in Abuja, have ceased to be lawmakers and should not sit in the first place.

“What they have done today by purporting to sit and declare our seats vacant amounts to contempt of court and the court may declare them wanted if care is not taken.

“We have no reason whatsoever to resign our seats. We are still lawmakers representing our various constituencies and we enjoin our supporters and the general public to disregard what they have done,” Aleke said.