Rivers lawmakers: Defectors are goners, our stand sacrosanct – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday declared that nothing will make it change its position on the vacation of seats by former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The main opposition party reiterated its position in a press release issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba and made available to Blueprint in Abuja.

The Party also clarified that there was no pressure from any quarters to compromise its position in Court wherein it had already clearly stated that the former Rivers State lawmakers are no longer members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from December 11, 2023 when they publicly announced their defection from the PDP to the APC.

The clarification came on the heel of a refutal of mischievous report in a section of the social media which according to the party claimed there are plots to compromise the Party’s position and provide an unattainable lifeline to the former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to return to their seats which they have constitutionally vacated.

It reads: “Our party therefore stands by its position that the affected members have since lost their seats in the Rivers State House of Assembly having arrogantly committed an unpardonable constitutional breach.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP in its Counter Claim by its National Legal Adviser, Kamaldeen Ajibade SAN in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1681/2023 filed at the Federal High Court Abuja stated clearly that the former Rivers State lawmakers “are no longer members of the Rivers State House of Assembly from December 11, 2023 when they publicly announced their defection from the PDP to the APC”. 

“For emphasis the PDP in the said Suit seeks among others the following Declaration/Orders against the former Rivers State lawmakers.”