Spurred by Gov. Wike, PDP set to test constitutionality of defections

The Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, said “The time has come that the judiciary must rise to the occasion to make a final pronouncement on this issue of defections and that will go a long way in strengthening our democracy.”

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Nigeria’s lead opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party is set to test the legality of the defection of  some governors elected on the party platform, David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Ben Ayade of Cross River State , to the ruling All Progressives Congress, reports the Punch newspaper.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in response to the call made by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the party to sue the two governors.

The Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, said “The time has come that the judiciary must rise to the occasion to make a final pronouncement on this issue of defections and that will go a long way in strengthening our democracy.”

“Because if we do not take action, you will find a situation where you will have a one-party state and that will not be good for our democracy, ”Wike stated.

The governor continued, “So, I have encouraged the PDP; they must file a suit against the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, and the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress without any reason provided in the constitution or any other enabling law.”

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