- A lawmaker has condemned the recent defection from APC to PDP by his colleagues
- Danlami Kurfi said the defection of lawmakers cannot in any way hinder President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for re-election in 2019
- According to him, those who think defection affects APC chances of clinging the presidential seat in 2019 are "political prostitutes and ingrates"
A member of the House of Representatives, Danlami Kurfi, has described the defection of lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, July 24, as good riddance to bad rubbish.
The lawmaker representing Kurfi and Dutsinma federal constituency in Katsina state said defection cannot in any way hinder President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for re-election in 2019.
Kurfi who is also the deputy chairman of the House committee on petroleum, downstream said those who think defection affects APC chances of clinging the presidential seat in 2019 are "political prostitutes and ingrates."
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Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, July 25, the lawmaker also called on all Nigerians especially those that are interested in progressive and people-oriented governance to keep faith in President Buhari APC-led government.
He said Nigerians should be rest assured that they will never be disappointed with a man with sincerity to right the wrongs done to the helpless and hapless masses.
Kurfi said: "It is really appalling and highly shameful that those who immensely benefited from our platform and having risen to become parliamentarians in both chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate could dump the party for reasons that are not legally or morally tenable is unfortunate.
"I simply see them as political prostitutes and ingrates, regrettably for them; they are paper-weight politicians who lack electoral value."
He said lot of them won election in 2015 because of President Buhari’s electoral influence and credibility. He also expressed extreme confidence that in 2019 APC will emerge victorious.
"There is no controversy about Buhari wining the presidential election and same goes to our governor in Katsina state, His Excellency, Aminu Bello Masari, he will also win because of his outstanding performance," Kurfi noted.
The lawmaker also disclosed that such betrayal and lack of patriotism to national development is expected when the fight against corruption by Buhari became so rife, loud and forceful.
"Every right thinking Nigerians should not be surprised at what played out last Tuesday, of course our people say when you can’t stand the heat, you dare not stay in the kitchen where cooking takes place, that is what can best describe the Tuesday scenario at the two hallowed chambers, it was indeed a show of shame and a mockery of our cherished democracy.
"Please take note when you fight corruption it will definitely fight back, Nigerians can now see clearly the faces of those standing as impediment to the country’s wheel of progress.
"I must commend the Majority Leaders of the two chambers and our party’s national leaders for their firmness and the stand they took when this despicable cross carpeting of some of our colleagues took place.
"Meanwhile those applauding these decampees are simply glorifying illegality, the defections clearly failed the test in Section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
"The truth is that there are conditions that have to be met before defection can be valid. May be they don’t know, it was wrong for the defectors to rely on the reformed All Progressive Congress (rAPC), this is a group that is not recognized by law or registered by INEC. They have committed political suicide, infact they have automatically lost their seats, the Supreme Court is very clear on this," the lawmaker added.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that 15 senators defected from APC to PDP causing a rowdy session at the red chamber on Tuesday, July 24.
Also, 36 other lawmakers from the House of Representatives dumped the ruling party to join the PDP and ADC.
The lawmakers blamed highhandedness and leadership crisis in the party for the defection. The house, however, adjourned to proceed on eight weeks break and will resume plenary on September 25.
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