Defection: Dickson okays declaration of APC legislators’ seat vacant

Posted by News Express | 16 May 2015 | 2,801 times

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has described the decision of the State House of Assembly to declare the four seats of its members, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a step in the right direction.

The governor, in a statement issued on Friday night by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the action was not only constitutional, but will also instil party discipline and sanitise the polity.

He condemned the practice, where politicians cross carpet at will, without recourse to the parties under which they were elected into positions, saying it is no longer acceptable and practicable, under a thriving democracy like ours.

According to him, the State Assembly has, by this singular act, set the pace and shown the direction of the new PDP in the state, where party discipline and loyalty, must be the overriding principles and factors for all members, going forward.

The governor noted that indiscipline, disloyalty and greed have been the banes of the PDP at state and National levels in the past, stressing that such acts would no longer be tolerated for whatever reason in the party.

“We will continue to do the needful by ensuring that, only those who respect the position of the party on issues are allowed to remain, while all those with selfish and unacceptable behavioral patterns will be shown the way out for the good of the PDP. From henceforth, people, whom we call our members, must be held accountable for the actions and in-actions,” Dickson said.

•Sourced from Channels TV. Photo shows Dickson


Source: News Express

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