The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to a statement attributed to National Assembly members elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) which cited that Enugu senator Ike Ekweremadu will lose his deputy Senate president seat if he does not dump PDP for APC.
Spokesman of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said in Abuja yesterday,
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Senator Kabiru Marafa on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday , January 11, 2017, in which he advised Senator Ike Ekweremadu to defect to the APC in order to remain as the Deputy Senate President.
“This call is unconstitutional , undemocratic and, to say the least , unbecoming of Senator Marafa.
“While calling on Ekweremadu to defect, Marafa had said , “ I am using this medium to call on Ekweremadu to simply defect . Section 68( G) of the 1999 Constitution captures this.
“There is no section or clause of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 ( as amended ) that provides that one must be a member of the ruling party before he/she can be elected into any position in the Senate or the House of Representatives.
“Equally, it is very distasteful and uncharitable for any senator to stand on the floor of the hallowed chamber and ask his colleague to violate the constitution by cross – carpeting from his own party to join the ruling party.
“Note that it is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not the Senate of the APC.”