‘Defecting govs, senators, others should lose seats’
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.”
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.