Reverse your action or face litigation Niger PDP tells house of assembly
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has told the Niger state house of assembly to immediately reverse its decision declaring the seat of the member representing Tafa constituency Alhaji Danladi Iyah vacant.
The party said in a statement signed by its chairman Alhaji Tanko Beji that if the decision was not positively changed within two weeks it would have no option than to seek redress in the courts.
Following a letter from the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Jibrin Imam the assembly at its sitting on Wednesday unanimously declared the seat of Danladi Iyah vacant after he (Iyah) had written to the All Progressives Congress resigning his membership of the party.
The PDP in its swift reaction to the assembly decision said : “We want to quickly say that the action of the assembly is not only illegal but outrightly unconstitutional and should not stand
“The assembly does not have the power to declare the seat of a member vacant without first investigating the reasons why the legislator took the action he took worse still the assembly did not act on any decision of a court of competent jurisdiction or directive of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC” Tanko Beji said..
“Acting based on a mere letter from a party chairman is ill advised, an act of legislative recklessness and undue display of legislative rascality and impunity”.
The PDP in the statement reminded the lawmakers that the constituents of Alhaji Danladi Iyah had not taken any constitutional action that should warrant the assembly to take the step it had taken.
The PDP said the assembly had to reverse its stand in order not to continue to make the state a laughing stock in the country.
“If within two weeks the Legislature fail to change its decision the PDP will have no option than to employ all constitutional means to ventilate our anger seek redress in the law courts in respect of this cruel decision” Tanko Beji said.