- At the moment, no one is occupying three seats formerly belonging to PDP lawmakers in Ebonyi state House of Assembly
- The seats of the PDP lawmakers, Ali Okechukwu, Franca Okpo Abakaliki and Victor Aleke were declared vacant on Tuesday, March 15
- Speaker Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru read the purported resignation letters of the former lawmakers during sitting on Tuesday
Three lawmakers of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday, March 15, purportedly resigned.
This led the legislative body in the state to declare their seats vacant during plenary attended by 15 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers of the House on Tuesday.
The Nation reports that although the PDP lawmakers were absent during the sitting, their names were given as follows: Ali Okechukwu (Ishielu North), Franca Okpo Abakaliki North) and Victor Aleke (Ebonyi West).
After the declaration, Speaker Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru directed the clerk to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the development and the need to conduct fresh elections in the affected constituencies.
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PDP considers replacement for sacked Ebonyi state governor
Meanwhile, the PDP was putting finishing touches to submitting the name of a possible replacement for the sacked governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi.
According to multiple sources at the national secretariat of the PDP, it was confirmed that “the party is currently consulting on who to push forward as his replacement as declared by the court with immediate effect.
Confirming the development, a source said:
“Barr. Silas Joseph Onu, a legal practitioner, an entrepreneur turned politician is prominent amongst the name under consideration. “Onu who is the president, Young Entrepreneurs Award, and former publicity secretary of the PDP, contested the state party chairmanship seat in the last state congress.
“Onu, an activist who is one of the most vocal voices against the recently sacked governor since he exited the PDP for the ruling opposition party and one of the main pillars of the party in the state.
“The University of Jos graduate in March 2021 cried out over alleged threat to life by Governor David Umahi and his many loyal appointees..."