The factional leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the senate president Ahmed Lawal to declare the seat of senate Ishaku Abbo who defected to the ruling APC vacant.
While quoting the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on issues concerning cross carpeting of elected representatives from one party to another, Dr Ardo said “Given the expressed provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and the clear interpretation of this provision by the Supreme Court, the Senate President, Sen.
“Ahmed Lawn, owes the Nigerian State the inalienable duty to declare Sen. Cliff Abbo’s seat vacant in defence of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a consequence of the latter’s defection from the PDP to the APC.”
Dr Ardo said the senate owe it as a duty declare senator Abbo’s seat vacant having sworn an oath to “protect and defend the constitution.”
“If the constitution, the law, rules and regulations can be compromised on the alter of political interest, then our democracy, nay our society, is imperiled by the legislature itself, the most critical element of democracy.
“No political interest can supersede the constitution without threatening the very survival of our country as a nation governed under law.” Dr Ardo said.