Defection: Kwara lawmaker says declaration of his seat vacant as illegal - The People's Voice


Friday, April 1, 2022

Defection: Kwara lawmaker says declaration of his seat vacant as illegal

By Our Correspondent

Mr Shaheed Popoola, a member of the Kwara House of Assembly has described the declaration of his seat vacant by the assembly as illegal, unconstitutional and contempt of court.

Popoola made the assertion in llorin on Friday during an interview with the press men while reacting to the declaration of his seat vacant by the House during Thursday’s plenary.

NAN recalls that the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Danladi, declared the lawmaker’s seat vacant following his defection to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The embattled legislator said the House, nor the party or the state governor has jurisdiction to declare his seat vacant as a result of his defection.

“The Speaker, the House members and the Governor and even the Attorney General of the state and the party does not have the right to declare my seat vacant,” he said.

“The only organ that can declare my seat vacant is the court of law and l had filed a process in the court of law last week where l was given an injunction against them which was served on the House not to tamper with my seat,” Popoola added.

“The Speaker is not a judge, he is a colleague like me and he cannot declare my seat vacant since we came through the same election representing our constituencies,” the lawmaker explained.

 Also recalls that Popoola who is representing Ojomu-Balogun constituency in Offa Local Government Area is the only second term legislator at the Kwara ninth legislature.

Similarly, the spokesman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kwara, Mr lbrahim Sharafudeen, also described the declaration of the lawmaker’s seat by the House as total ignorance of the law.

He said there is existing injunction restraining the state legislature from taking the action until the substantive matter is addressed.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, Mr Tajudeen Aro, said the declaration of the lawmaker’s seat vacant was in the right direction.

Aro said the victory of Adakeye-Popoola at the poll belongs to the APC and cannot carry the victory of the APC to the SDP that did not present any candidate for the election.

Popoola has been in running battle with thr State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq since 2019 and the crisis culminated into his defection from the ruling party. 


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