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Senate says it will not Declare Vacant seats of Defecting Senators

Spokesman for the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that the upper chamber of the National Assembly will not declare vacant the seats of senators who defect to other political parties.
Senator Abaribe in a statement in Abuja today said that it has become necessary for the Senate to distance itself from the personal opinion of one of its members, Senator Ita Enang.
He said Senator Enang expressed a personal opinion by telling newsmen in Abuja that the Senate was lawfully supposed to declare the seat of any defecting senator vacant.
Senator Abaribe explained that clarification is against the backdrop of some senators of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP reportedly planning to join All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Senate`s spokesman also distanced the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, from Senator Enang’s statement.
He said the view was Enang’s personal opinion to which he was entitled but had nothing to do with the Senate as a chamber of the National Assembly.
He emphasized that the statement had nothing to do with the Senate president, who had in a statement given assurance that the leadership of PDP would work to keep the party intact and prevent further crisis in the party.
He further said that the Senate is still on vacation to resume on the Fourteenth of January and only after its deliberations would any statement on urgent matters of state be issued.

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