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   Members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday staged a walkout from plenary to protest the ruling of the  Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, which endorsed the defection of Nnanna Igbokwe from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara Igbokwe, who represents Mbaise Federal Constituency of Imo State, had written a letter to the speaker to formally announce his defection. The letter read thus:   “My decision to join the APC at the time I did was a result of the leadership crisis/division that rocked the Peoples Democratic Party. You would recall that the judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria that finally resolved the leadership crisis was delivered in July 2017, six months after I joined the APC. “Since January 2017, I have stopped attending all PDP caucus meeting at the national level.  On the flipside, I have since January 2017, been attending all APC caucus meetings and functions in my ward, local government, state and national levels, and have been paying my party dues and levies. Copies of APC payment slips are attached herewith.” Hardly had the speaker finished reading the letter announcing Igbokwe’s defection when the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Binta Bello, reminded Dogara of Section 68 of the 1999 constitution, which stipulates that a member shall lose his or her when decamping to another party from the party that elected him. Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states in part: “(1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house; (b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;; (c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria; (d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.’’
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