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Nasarawa Assembly Declares Lawmaker’s Seat Vacant After Defection



The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday declared vacant the seat of a Member representing Wamba constituency, Hon. Makpa Malla for dumping the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC).  The defection of the Member is coming few weeks after Gov Al-Makura, met with stakeholders and assured that nobody will defect from the ruling APC in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who read the Members’ defection letter made this known after the Majority Leader of the House, Tanko Tunga, moved a motion to declare the Members’ seat vacant during the House proceeding in Lafia. Abdullahi, however, said that he wanted the matter to be investigated but with the voice votes from all Members that the seat should be declared vacant, his hands are tight.

“My colleagues, this letter is from Hon. Makpa Malla, Member representing Wamba constituency in this House that he is dumping APC. “Makpa in his letter said that there a division in the party. He cited the emergent of rAPC and APC leadership crisis as reasons for his defection. “He, however, did not mention the party he is defecting to. I wanted us to investigate the matter based on the reasons he gave for his defection but with the voice votes put on all the Members, my hands are tight. I hereby declare his seat vacant,” he said. The Speaker directed the clerk to the House to communicate the development officially to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).  In the meantime time the Member has confirmed the development to our correspondent on phone.
He confirmed that he has officially tendered a letter to the Speaker of the State Assembly, informing the House of his decision to quit APC. A source disclosed to our correspondent said that the member was not at the plenary yesterday. It was also gathered that the Member has since ran to the High Court in Lafia and obtained a court injuction stopping the Assembly from declaring his seat vacant. “Yes I have resigned my membership of APC, the letter is with the Speaker and it is true that I have secured a court order to stop the Assembly from declaring my seat vacant,” he said.

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