Political godson of Sokoto State Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has stated that nPDP members of the House of Representatives will officially determine the timing of their defection to APC.
Tambuwal, an associate of Governor Wammako, is known to be ardent disciple of the Governor, has been working alongside him in the new PDP.
Tambuwal, who made his position known in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, said it is left to members to activate the process.
The statement said: “MPs will decide collectively on when to defect. They have their internal process if they decide to cross carpet.
“Let us wait and see whether they can activate the process or not.”
The 1999 Constitution allows defection of lawmakers if there is division in any political party.
Section 68 (1) says: “ A member of the Senate or the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House which he is a member if –
(a) he becomes a member of another legislative house;
(b) any other circumstance arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;
(c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;
(d) he becomes President, Vice President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser;
(e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a Commission or other body established by the Constitution or by any other law;
(f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member or a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;
(g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected:
“Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”