A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Okey Muo-Aroh has said that the party’s lawmakers who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will forfeit their seats.
Muo-Aroh who said this while addressing newsmen in Awka on Tuesday on the defection of some of its members recently said the party will not sit back and see mandates won on its platform taken to other parties on a platter of gold.
It would be recalled that Mr Tony Nwoye (PDP;Anambra East and West) and Mr Emmanuel Udende(PDP; Sankera, Benue) on June 1 announced their defection to APC on the floor of the House.
The chieftain said there were no factions in the PDP but a mere transition of a substantive leadership headed by Sen.Modu Sheriff to an acting executive lead by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
The lawyer cum politician maintained that the party remained strong, expressing hope that the national convention would be successful and further strengthen the party .
“The two lawmakers who left our party to the APC have gratuitously declared their seats vacant; the constitution is clear on what can lead to such cross-carpeting.
“The constitution is clear on what faction is. PDP is intact and no factions whatsoever, Sheriff came on board to serve out the duration of the past leadership which was zoned to his region and Makarfi has taken over in acting capacity, so there is no crack,” he said.
On the chances of the PDP in the governorship election in Anambra in 2017, Muo-Aroh said the party could win the poll if it was able to put its house in order.
The former ALGON chairman in Anambra said the state chapter of PDP should emulate the peace and coordination at the national level to brighten their chances in all elections in the state.
“The PDP can win the Anambra governorship election in 2017, we just have to do some things right, determine and follow the direction of our national body.
“We need true peace and reconciliation, it is sad that we are in opposition in a PDP state like Anambra,” he said.