The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday declared that its members in the Imo State House of Assembly, who recently announced their defection to the All Progressive Congress(APC) have lost their seats.
Addressing a press conference at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, the party’s national Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said their defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) does not satisfy the provisions of the constitution.
While noting that there was no division in the PDP or a merger with another political party, he said their exit from the party has created vacancies in their constituencies.
The party, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to begin a process of conducting a fresh election to elect new representatives for the constituencies, adding that where the electoral body fails to do the needful, the party would challenge the action in court.
The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, and seven other lawmakers had on Tuesday defected to the ruling APC from PDP.