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You Can’t Defect To APC With Our Mandate – PDP Tells Matawalle

Following earlier reports that Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle will defect to the All Progressive Congress APC tomorrow,  it has reported that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, has cautioned him and other members of the House of Assembly,  National Assembly from the state against defecting to the All Progressives Congress.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Public Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The statement read that, “No law allows him to cross over to any other party with the governorship mandate statutorily given to the PDP through the ballot box.”

It added that, “The PDP is watching developments in Zamfara State as they concern reports of plans by the state governor, Bello Matawalle, to cross over to the APC.”

It also disclosed that, “The PDP categorically cautions Matawalle to know that his plans amount to a decision to vacate office as no law allows him to cross over to any other party with the governorship mandate statutorily given to the PDP through the ballot box, as already established by the provision of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the standing judgment of the Supreme Court.”

It stated that, “A combined reading of Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as the pronouncements of the Supreme Court in Faleke v. INEC (2016) is clear in holding that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party, acts only as the agent of his party.”

It also made it known that, “The PDP also cautions members of the National Assembly as well as members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, not to allow themselves to be pushed into losing their seats as the provisions of the constitution is very clear in barring lawmakers from cross carpeting, except in a situation of a division in the political party upon which platform they were elected.”

It further disclosed that,“There is no division in the PDP to warrant the defection of any of our lawmakers. The PDP hopes that Matawalle as well as members of the National and State Assembly from Zamfara State will take caution.”

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