The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it will go to court to challenge the decision of 37 of its members in the House of Representatives to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
The members had on Wednesday in a letter to the Speaker of the House announced their decision to defect to APC
“As lawmakers, the defectors must be aware of provisions of section 68 (1) (g) of the amended 1999 constitution, which states conditions upon which a member of the Legislature will change platforms,” the party said.
He said the courts have declared that the PDP remains one united party and that any member of the national or state assemblies who renounces his membership of the party, must be ready to face the consequences of defection in line with provisions of the constitution.
The PDP spokesman said that the defection of the PDP House members to the APC os treacherous.
He added that the action, if confirmed, would be a huge betrayal to the PDP and millions of voters who worked timelessly to ensure their election on PDP platform in their respective constituencies.
Metuh said further that it was a desperate attempt by some selfish politicians to cause confusion in the polity.
He, however, assured PDP members and supporters nationwide that the party remains “unshaken by the departure of fifth columnists,” adding “We shall undoubtedly emerge stronger and more cohesive after these events.”
He said the PDP was unshaken by the purported defection of some members and urged party members to utilise their majority to strengthen the support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda and the PDP national leadership.