(Nigeria Moment) – Abuja.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has finally set a precedence which would end the incessant decamping of elected politicians from one party to another while they are still serving on the position they were elected.
In a ruling on Friday April 17, 2015, the seven-man panel led by the Chief Justices of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammad held that Abegunde’s defection could not be justified since his excuse of “division” in the defunct Labour Party was not in existence at the party’s national structure. Therefore they ordered Ifedayo Abegunde, a member representing Akure South/North Federal Constituency in the House of Representative, Ifedayo to vacate his seat (which he was elected into office in 2011) on account of his defection from the defunct Labour Party to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The apex court also added that such division and factionalization cited by the defendant as the excuse for dumping the Labour Party only existed at the state level.
It must be noted that the former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) party merged with CPC, ANPP and a faction of APGA to form All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013.