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Rivers crisis: PDP backs Fubara, sends warning to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared its support for Governor Siminalayi amid the political crisis brewing in Rivers State.

This is even as the opposition party has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to steer clear of Rivers State politics.

Recall that the Rivers State High Court suspended 25 members of the State House of Assembly loyal to FCT minister Nyesom Wike. The members had defected to the APC in December 2023.

In a statement on Saturday, May 11, national publicity secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said the 27 lawmakers who defected to the APC should “admit their miscalculation and bear the inescapable consequences.”

He said the lawmakers’ seats would be vacant until a bye-election is conducted to fill them.

He said: The former members of the Rivers state house of assembly, for reasons best known to them, wittingly vacated and summarily lost their seats as nothing in the proviso protects or allows them to retain their membership of the Rivers state house of assembly after decamping from the political party upon which they were elected.

“These former members of the Rivers Rtate House of Assembly have only themselves to blame for constitutionally vacating their seats; a course which cannot be reversed or remedied. They should admit their miscalculation and bear the inescapable consequences.

“For the umpteenth time, the PDP cautions the APC to steer clear of Rivers state; it should perish the thoughts of forcefully taking over the state and stop exasperating the public space by seeking to reverse the irreversible.

“The APC should come to terms that with the vacation of seats by the former lawmakers, the quorum of the Rivers state house of assembly will be determined by the number of the remaining lawmakers as provided by law; until a bye-election is conducted to fill the vacancies now existing in the Rivers state house of assembly as a result of the defection by the former members.”

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