On Thursday, February 13; Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and Sen Rochas Okorocha were at the House of Representatives; to witness the decamping of two Action Alliance lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Action Alliance is the party the former governor Okorocha used in sponsoring his son-in-law; Henry Nwosu for the state governorship election in 2019.
However, following the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling which sacked Emeka Ihedioha and announced Uzodinma as the governor. Both Okorocha and his successor have been trying to close ranks.
Consequently, Pascal Obi and Kingsly Chuma; The two members of the Action Alliance who are loyal to Sen Okorocha announced their defection to the APC on Wednesday; through a letter read by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Raising a point of order, the House Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu cited section 68 of the 1999 constitution; even more called for the seats of the two lawmakers to be declared vacant.
Furthermore, He described the defection as “illegal and not acceptable.”
Section 68 of the 1999 constitution
68. (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.
(e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.
On the other hand, In his response; the speaker said to the minority leader, “You are a member of PDP not a member of AA, you have no locus. You cannot go to court, because you are not aggrieved.”
Also present at the decamping is the Governorship aspirant of the AA, Henry Nwosu.