Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Tourism, has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, has the right to ask political office holders who defected from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to vacate their seats.
Speaking on a programme on Channels Television on Saturday, Mohammed said the APC had solid legal grounds against the defectors as they were duly elected on the platform of the ruling party.
He said, “I still believe that the party (APC) reserves the legal right to actually challenge any of them and ask for their seats to be declared vacant.”
The minister accused the leadership of the National Assembly of creating disunity and disharmony within the APC.
Mohammed insisted that the emergence of the parliament’s leadership, especially that of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, was not approved by the party and had subsequently derailed the working relationship between the executive and legislature.
“The leadership of the National Assembly destroyed party cohesion the moment they chose to go against the wishes of the party in the election of NASS principal officers.
“It is no longer a secret that the manner at which the Senate President emerged was not to the liking of the part as a whole.
“I still remember clearly that the major leaders of the party were waiting to meet at the National Conference Center in Abuja for Mr President when we heard that the Senate President had emerged”, he remarked.
Political heavyweights such as Saraki; Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Samuel Ortom of Sokoto, Kwara and Benue States, and over 50 legislators from both the Senate and the House of Representatives recently decamped from the APC and joined the PDP.