‘NASS Defections Illegal’ – Falana Declares

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, believes the wave of defections in the National Assembly is illegal.

Speaking with Channels at an event in Lagos, Mr Falana said the defections can only be allowed when there are clear divisions within one political group.

“You cannot leave the party that sponsored your election for another party without resigning so that you can ask for a fresh mandate from the electorate,” he said on Thursday.

“That has not happened in this case. What the law is saying is that before you can have a division that will necessitate or legalise your defection, the division in your party must be total.”

The senior advocate noted that defectors were supposed to lose their seats once they dump the party on which platform they were elected in the first place.

According to him, the emergence of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) was not enough reason for the defectors to dump the ruling party for others.

“It cannot be a figment of imagination; it cannot be an artificial fictionalisation. In this instance, I have not recognised a division envisaged by the constitution” he said.

The Lagos lawyer made the comments days after the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, defected from the APC to the PDP, joining 15 other senators who’d earlier made a similar political move.

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