- The youths from Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo federal constituency in Ebonyi state wants the seat of their representative in the Senate declared vacant
- The youths, who are being represented by Sonni Ogbuoji, have called on Senate president Bukola Saraki to grant this request
- Their reason is that the lawmaker defected from the PDP to the APC
Senate president Bukola Saraki has been called upon by youths from Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo federal constituency in Ebonyi South senatorial zone, to declare the seat of their representative vacant for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Sun reports that the youths urged Saraki to declare Senator Sonni Ogbuoji's seat vacant for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com gathers that Ogbuoji, who is the vice chairman of Senate committee on appropriation, intends to contest for governorship election in the state on the platform of APC.
In a communique issued after its general assembly meeting in Abakaliki, and signed by its national president, Raymond Okoro, and 23 other members of the executive, the group said the senator did not fulfill the conditions as required by the amended 1999 Nigeria’s constitution before defecting to the APC.
The statement read in part: “We call on the National Assembly leadership to declare the seat of Ebonyi South senatorial zone in the senate vacant.
“Our senator flagrantly displayed his non-challant attitude, disregard and disrespect for the constituency that gave him the majority of votes that accorded him the privilege of having the mandate on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“When he decamped to APC, he never consulted his constituents and did not follow the required condition as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before defecting to the APC.
“The constitution stipulates that you can only defect from one party to another, only when your party is in crisis or there is a faction in your party, which makes it impossible for you to function effectively in your party and to the best of our knowledge, there is no faction in PDP.
“If the senate leadership fails to declare the seat of Ebonyi south zone vacant, we will have no option than to seek judicial interpretation of constitutional provision for defection and clarification of the mandates being held by National Assembly members."
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Sonni Ogbuoji representing Ebonyi South senatorial district, on December 31, 2018, decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senator showed up at the APC southeast caucus meeting, which held at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the Science and Technology minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, to announce his defection.
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