OrderPaperToday – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given a seven-day ultimatum to a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke, who is now the deputy governor-elect of Kogi State, to resign since he has transferred his place of voter’s registration from Lagos to Kogi State.
The party also indicted the Speaker and leadership of the House of Representatives for maintaining silence and accommodating what it described as gross violation of the electoral laws.
A statement by the Lagos State chapter of the PDP tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to clarify the suitability of Faleke’s inter-changing of polling units within six months.
The statement signed by the state chairman of the party, Mr. Tunji Shelle accused Faleke, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and INEC of desperation and gross violation of the spirits of electoral laws.
The PDP said the continuous membership of Faleke in the House “is an indictment on the fairness, adherence to constitutionalism and the non partisanship of the House leadership. The House leadership led by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara should not allow this contraption to stand.”
According to the statement, the leadership of the House should exhibit non-partisanship by speaking on the proprietary or otherwise of Faleke’s continued membership of the green chamber as a representative of Ikeja Federal Constituency of Lagos after transferring his voter’s card and constituency to Kogi State.
The statement said: “It is no longer appropriate for Faleke to continue to parade himself as a lawmaker representing Lagos as he is no longer fit and proper to be called an honourable.
“If the demand is not met within the period of this ultimatum, we shall use all means permitted and effective to reclaim the seat for Lagos State from Faleke and the APC.
“This is political, moral and legal stains on the House. Faleke should not continue to represent the Ikeja constituency because he presently has his voting unit relocated to Kogi State.
“This is open assault to decent democracy and ridicules the nation before the international community. He continue to stay in the House as a usurper and we think the House leadership ought to purge itself of any conspiracy in this political and constitutional violations.”