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Drama In Senate Over Defection, As Mark Insists Adherence To Court Order

A mild drama today played out on the floor of the senate as the Senate President David Mark made efforts to save seats of aggrieved PDP senators who decamped to the all progressive congress.
This followed a motion raised by Senator Ita Enag who came through order 14 of the senate standing rule and relying on section 68 sub section (1g) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
He said senators who decamped to the APC have automatically lost their membership position going by the constitutional provision and their seats will be declared vacant.
During senator Enag’s presentation, other lawmakers spoke in unison saying that the seats of the defected PDP lawmakers should be declared vacant immediately.
Responding, senate president David Mark while ruling Senator Ita Enag out of point of order also stopped further debate on the matter until the court delivers final judgement on it.
Mark who relied on the pending suit at the Federal High Court said further comments on the matter was subjudicial.
The Senate President’s ruling on Senator Ita Enag’s motion did not stop the PDP senators who appeared ready to battle the defection issue with the APC as Senator Thompson Sekibo who also rose to say that the senate president’s refusal to officially declare vacant the seats of the defected senators was inconsistent with section of the constitution.
meanwhile, the senate today okayed the screening of six ministerial nominees. The screening process is to continue Thursday 13th February 2014.


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