The Labour Party, Bayelsa State chapter, on Saturday, declared the seat of one of its former members, Munalayefa Gibson, vacant.
Gibson represents Ogbia Constituency 2 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
The LP’s decision followed the defection of the lawmaker to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Gibson had cited alleged crisis within the Labour Party in the state and at the national level as the reason for his defection.
The LP in a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr. ThankGod Ebilamowei, said the defection of the only party’s representative in the House was a flagrant abuse of the provision of Section 109, subsection 1(G) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The party stated, ”According to the provisions of the Constitution, defection from a party on which platform you were elected will be based on two conditions: the crisis in the party at the state and national level; and when the party forms alliances with other parties.
”We equivocally state that none of these incidents occurred before the defection. The party resolved that by the action of the lawmaker, his seat has now been declared vacant for the fact that the Labour Party under which he was elected into office has withdrawn its sponsorship.”
The party called on its teeming supporters in the Ogbia LGA and the state to remain calm while a wide consultation was being made with the national leadership of the party.
It condemned the reason by Gibson for defecting to the PDP, insisting that the LP had never been in any crisis both at the state and at the national level.
The LP called on the leadership of the party in the state to remain calm, saying that the writing of Gibson was very clear on the wall before his eventual defection.
”With or without Gibson, the party remains resolute in the forthcoming local government elections,” the party stated.