The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday condemned the call on Sen. Ike Ekweremadu to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain Deputy President of Senate position.
The PDP made the condemnation in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, on Thursday in Abuja.
The party said that its attention was drawn to a statement credited to Sen. Kabiru Marafa in which he advised Ekweremadu to defect to the APC in order to retain his position.
It described the call as unconstitutional, undemocratic, adding that the section of the 1999 Constitution which Marafa quoted as backing his advice to Ekweremadu was untrue.
Mafara was quoting as saying “I am using this medium to call on Ekweremadu to simply decamp. Section 68(G) of the 1999 Constitution captures this.
“There is no section or clause of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) that provides that one must be a member of the ruling party before he could 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.
“It is Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not Senate of the APC,’’ the PDP said.
It added that it was laughable for Marafa to cite the internal issues in the PDP as a reason for Ekweremadu to defect to the APC.
“For the umpteenth time, let us reiterate that there is no faction in the PDP.
“A party is only factionalized when its organs are in disarray, but this is different in the PDP where all the organs are intact, behind the National Caretaker Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Makarfi.
“A mere rebellion by a small interest group within the party cannot be referred to factionalisation of the party, ‘’ the statement said.