The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has promised to protect what it called the mandate of the people in Rivers State and has officially informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold elections for the 25 House of Assembly seats in the State.

This was the resolution that arrived at the party's National Working Committee meeting on Wednesday, just hours after the Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara, ordered the demolition of the state house of assembly complex, according to the spokesperson of the party, Debo Ologunagba, who communicated the resolution.

The party said the 25 legislators elected on its platform lost their seats immediately after defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that the PDP was hit by mass defections on Tuesday when 25 of the legislators considered loyal to the immediate past governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, joined the APC.

Wike, who serves as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in the administration of President Bola Tinubu, was named as the mastermind behind the conspiracy to impeach Fubara.

The governor is said to have refused to honor agreements reached with the minister before he was appointed to take over the PDP gubernatorial ticket ahead of the March elections.

The cold war between the two exploded when some state legislators who owed their loyalty to Wike began meeting on a Sunday to accuse the governor.

The statehouse complex was destroyed by fire the same weekend in what observers said was an attempt to stop impeachment.

It polarized the assembly, leading pro-Fubara and pro-Wike groups to claim leadership of the house.

Despite the court's ruling on Monday recognizing the pro-Fubara lawmakers, the pro-Wike group announced their defection in their bid to impeach the governor.

But the PDP declared their defection a nullity and a violation of existing laws, noting that they lost their seats.

The party argued that by virtue of Section 109(1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the legislators vacated their seats by their action and called on INEC to conduct fresh polls for the seats . .

The party demanded that “INEC should, within the constitutionally stipulated time frame, hold fresh elections in the 25 state constituencies in Rivers State where there are now vacancies in the Rivers State House of Assembly as a result of the defection of the 25 now former members ”.

He also directed his National Legal Adviser “to initiate appropriate legal action in relation to the vacant declaration of the seats of the 25 defecting former members and the holding of fresh elections for the 25 state constituencies in Rivers State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution . of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

The PDP promised to “take all measures necessary and available in a democracy to ensure that the votes and mandate of the people of the 25 state constituencies in Rivers State are protected and not misappropriated under any circumstances.”

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