The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has sacked two lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Speaker of the Assembly, Aniekan Bassey, announced the sacking of the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary.
The affected lawmakers are Usoro Akpanuso (Esit Eket/Ibeno Constituency) and Asuquo Nana (Ikono Constituency).
Their sacking contrasts with how the assembly, some months ago, put up a ceremonial reception for another lawmaker, Effiong Johnson (Mbo Constituency), when he defected from the All Progressives Congress to the PDP.
The PDP recently rewarded Johnson with a return ticket for the 2023 Akwa Ibom House of Assembly election.
Reacting in a chat PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, one of the sacked legislators, Akpanuso, said they have not communicated their defection to the House.
“We are supposed to write to the House and the speaker will announce it on the floor of the House, stating why we are defecting,” he said.
He said the speaker has no right to declare their seat vacant when they have not informed the House of their defection.
He, however, said there was a crisis in the PDP, and pointed at the current agitation for the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu’s resignation by a group led by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
Akpanuso said they would challenge the development in court.