A lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. AbdulRaheem Olajide Jimoh has reiterated that the wave of defection in the National Assembly will not affect president Mohammed Buhari’s re-election bid in 2019.
He made the declaration yesterday in Lagos while reacting to the defection of some National Assembly members, its lessons and implications. Saying “No political gymnastic can defeat President Buhari in 2019 general election. Those defectors cannot return to the National Assembly in 2019”.
Jimoh who described the mass defection as an unfortunate and dramatic situation; affirmed that his party, All Progressive Congress (APC) would challenge their defection in the court.
According to him, “Whether the process is tenable or not, it is a matter of time. The defection is controverted and it shall be challenged. Our party is not gullible and we know what the law says.
The lawmaker emphasised that it against the law for members of a party to defect jointly into another party as stated in chapter 5 section 68 (1).
“The defectors joined All Progressives Congress (APC) individually and not collectively, so the mass defection to another party is against the law. Whatever excuses the defectors made is for their selfish interest, he said
“As they claimed that they are not in control of the structure, what gives them assurance that they will get the structure in the political parties they joined? “, he added.
He maintained that with the mass defection in the National Assembly, APC still have the majority. Also affirmed that it will not constitute any problem to All Progressives Congress at all levels