Defection: Constituency threatens to recall Ebonyi senator

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Youths of Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency, under the aegis of Ohanivo Youth Forum, yesterday called on the leadership of the senate to declare the seat of Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Sonni Ogbuorji, vacant for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) without consulting the constituency and the entire Ebonyi South zone which he represents.
Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo federal constituency is under Ebonyi South senatorial zone and the largest constituency in the two constituencies in the zone.
A communiqué issued after their general meeting held recently in Abakaliki, and signed by its National President, Comrade Raymond Okoro and 23 other executives, the youths said the seat of Ogbuorji should be immediately declared vacant by the senate as according to them he did not follow required condition as enshrined in the constitution of the country before the senator defected to the APC.
The youths insisted that if the leadership of the senate failed to declare the seat vacant, they will have no option than to seek judicial interpretation of constitutional provision for defection and clarification of the mandates being held by National Assembly members.
“We call on the National Assembly Leadership to declare the seat of Ebonyi south Senatorial zone in the senate vacant. Our Senator flagrantly displayed his nonchalant attitude, disregard and disrespect for the constituency that gave him the majority of votes that accorded him the privilege of having the mandate on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and when he decamped to APC, he never consulted his constituents and did not follow the required condition as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before defecting to the APC.
“The constitution stipulates that you can only defect from one party to another, only when your party is in crisis or there are factions in your party, which makes it impossible for you to function effectively in your party and to the best of our knowledge, there is no faction in PDP.
“If the senate leadership fails to declare the seat of Ebonyi south zone vacant, they will have no option than to seek judicial interpretation of constitutional provision for defection and clarification of the mandates being held by National Assembly members,” they said.