‘De­fect­ing govs, sen­a­tors, oth­ers should lose seats’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Com­mit­tee on Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties and Elec­toral Mat­ters yes­ter­day rec­om­mended that all elected po­lit­i­cal of­fice hold­ers who de­camp from their par­ties to an­other be made to re­lin­quish their po­si­tions.

Remi Olatub­ora, a del­e­gate from Ondo State who re­vealed this to jour­nal­ists, added that the com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended for in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy and the trim­ming of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), with a dif­fer­ent body to take charge of reg­is­tra­tion and reg­u­la­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“We have rec­om­mended that if you cross car­pet, you lose your seat. So when you are ap­pointed or elected on the plat­form of a po­lit­i­cal party and then you cross over to an­other party, you lose your seat,” he said.

On in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy, he said “in­di­vid­u­als who want to con­test elec­tion and who are pop­u­lar, and who are schemed out of the po­lit­i­cal pro­cesses in their po­lit­i­cal par­ties should be able to go out as in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates and con­test elec­tions.”

PHOTO IKECHUKWU IBE

From left: Am­bas­sador Okobi Vin­cent, Ade­bayo Oladimeji and Ani­bowei Ge­orge, all mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee on For­eign Pol­icy and Di­as­pora Mat­ters, dur­ing their meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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