Following the recent wave of cross carpeting among governors, the House of Representatives is making moves to stop the act once and for all.
As a result of this, the lawmakers are considering making a president or governor lose their seat if they defect
from the political party on whose platform their election was made to another,
The sponsorship of the bill was by a member of the Taraba State Peoples Democratic Party, Rimamnde Kwewum.
Also, Recall that those governors including David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Cross River’s Ben Ayade, and Bello Matawalle of
Zamfara state, all defected in recent times.
Furthermore, The bill, which is awaiting second reading by the House, seeks to amend sections 144(1) and 189(1) of the 1999 Constitution
“to check incidents of defections, that is, cross-carpetings or abandoning the political party that sponsored a president, vice-president, governor or deputy governor, as the case may be, for another political party,
in the absence of a merger of political parties, division or factions within the sponsoring political party.”
According to the report, Idagbo Ochiglegoor, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives,
has defected to the All Progressives Congress( APC). Michael Etaba and Ochiglegoor defected to the ruling party.
The lawmakers cited an alleged crisis in their state’s PDP as the reason for dumping the party. However,
Toby Okechukwu, the deputy minority leader, protested the defections and said there is no crisis in the
PDP as they claimed.
Okechukwu argued that Ochiglegoor and Etaba ought to lose their seat for defecting from the party,
citing section 68 of the constitution to back his claim.
By Taiyelolu A