DEFECTION CRISIS : Kogi APC seeks expulsion, refunds of entitlements of Hon. Lawal Idirisu from House of Representatives.



The All Progressive Congress (APC) Kogi State Chapter has called on the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to declare the seat of Hon. Lawal Muhammad Idirisu vacant by virtue of section 68(1) (G) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended upon his defection from APC to NNPP.

The APC through her Counsel J.U. Usman made the call in a letter written to the office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, a copy was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.

Counsel to APC urged the leadership of the House of Representative to immediately declared the seat of Hon. Lawal Muhammad Idirisu vacant by virtue of section 68(1) (G) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and also called for immediate stoppage; and refunds of salaries, allowances and Ajaokuta Federal Constituency projects funds since 20th May, 2022 till date from Hon. Lawal Muhammadu Idirisu.

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The letter said “That our clients’ are voters with voting points within Ajaokuta Federal Constituency who participated in the 2019 General Elections and massively voted in HON. LAWAL MUHAMMAD U IDIRISU who later emerged as the winner under the platform of the APC.

“That HON. LAWAL MUHAMMADU IDIRISU was a member of the All Progressive
Congress (APC) and got elected on the platform of APC in the 2019 National Assembly elections to represent Ajaokuta Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

“That sometimes in May, 2022 knowing that he was elected on the platform of APC to
serve between 2019 to 2023, the said HON. LAWAL MUHAMMADU IDRIS defected to New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) where he emerged as the flag bearer on the 20th day of May, 2022, respect of 2023 General Elections for House of Representatives, Ajaokuta Federal Constituency before the expiration of the period for which the current House of Representatives was elected.

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“That premised on the above, it is common knowledge that the aforesaid HON. LAWAL MUHAMMADU IDIRISU automatically lost his seat at the House of Representatives as a member representing the good people of Ajaokuta Federal constituency having regards to section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1060/20 wherein the Federal high court, Abuja sacked Hon. Yakubu Dogara for defecting from Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressive Congress.

“That despite all these the said HON. LAWAL MUHAMMADU IDIRISU has been
drawing salaries, allowances and constituency project funds on the false believe that he is still a member of the House of Representatives.

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”That you are empowered by the virtue of the provision of Section 68 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as Amended to declare his seat vacant having defected from APC, the party whose platform he was elected to NNPP, another party whose platform he was not elected to the House of Representatives.

“It is against the law to further participate in the business activities of the House after defection by HON. LAWAL MUHAMMADU IDIRISU.

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