News / Africa

PDP Says Nigerian Lawmakers Who Defected Could Lose Their Seats

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan presents the 2013 budget proposal at a joint sitting of the parliament in the capital Abuja October 10, 2012.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan presents the 2013 budget proposal at a joint sitting of the parliament in the capital Abuja October 10, 2012.
Peter Clottey
Nigeria legislators who defected this week to the opposition could lose their seats in the House of Representatives, as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says it could take them to court, according to Abdullahi Jalo, spokesman for the PDP.

Thirty-seven lawmakers from the PDP defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) citing “divisions and factions” in the ruling party.

Jalo says if a legislator defects from a party that lawmaker loses his or her seat as enshrined in the constitution.

“There is all possibility that the PDP will take the issue to court for interpretation of that section [in the constitution]. That is what may likely come up,” said Jalo. “Everybody in the party, right from the president, the national chairman and all the working committee members nobody has taken this defection of these [legislators] lightly.”

He says the defections could allow the opposition to thwart President Goodluck Jonathan’s legislative agenda as well as undermine some functions of the government.

Observers say the opposition could pose a significant challenge to the PDP   in the upcoming 2014 budget process in the House of Representatives. Jalo agreed that the opposition could make life difficult for Mr. Jonathan.

“The fear is if any of the legislators will go against the demands of the president, it will derail the function of the president himself from performing and reading out his budget,’ said Jalo. “There is fear [that] this defection may tamper with the function of the government.”

In November, five powerful state governors who had left the PDP announced they had joined the APC party. Jalo said most of the defected parliamentarians come from the same states of the five governors who left the party last month.

Jalo says the PDP will quickly have to implement measures to stop losing its members to the opposition.

Some analysts say the defections boosts the electoral prospects of the APC, which is fast becoming the biggest opposition party.

Jalo dismissed suggestions that the APC could defeat the ruling party in the next general election, citing the poor showing of the opposition party in recent by elections.

“I believe the president is having sleepless nights with the national chairman to see what they can do to stop losing our members, particularly in the national assembly where we had about 172 majority before… that is most unfortunate,” said Jalo.
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, Spokesman for PDP
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, Spokesman for PDPi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Video Iran Nuclear Deal Becomes US Campaign Issue

Voters in three crucial battleground states - Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania - overwhelmingly oppose nuclear deal with Iran More

Al-Qaida's Syria Affiliate Reemerges

Jabhat al-Nusra has rebounded, increasingly casting itself as a critical player in battle for Syria’s future More

Lessons Learned From Katrina, 10 Years Later

FEMA chief Craig Fugate says key changes include better preparation, improved coordination among state, federal assistance agencies More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: telzing from: jos
December 20, 2013 2:55 PM
its been said that change is permanent. hope the reality catching up with PDP will not be a twister as seen by many.

by: ola forlahan from: abuja
December 20, 2013 8:16 AM
PDP--people deceiving people

by: Sunny Enwerem from: Nigeria
December 20, 2013 12:27 AM
PDP and its lawmakers can go ahead and lose their life for all I care because no body or party should hang on to power,its nobody's birth right.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs