APGA to challenge Okorocha’s defection to APC

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said it would soon file a suit to challenge the defection of Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Sanni Shinkafi, the National Secretary of APGA, announced this to newsmen shortly after attending INEC/political parties meeting in Abuja on Monday.

Okorocha defected to the APC while celebrating his two years in office in May, saying, “the APC had the potential to push the state nearer to the `federal eye.’’

Shinkafi explained that it was “morally wrong’’ for an incumbent governor to dump a political party under which platform he came to power.

According to him, the defection of elected political office holders to other political parties is a wrong signal in democracy.

He advised the National Assembly to develop a legal framework to check further defection of elected political office holders.

“In the ongoing constitution review, we need a legal framework to check the issue of cross-carpeting. If any governor defects to another political party, he should be sanctioned and he should automatically lose his position’’, Shinkafi said.

He commended INEC for holding the quarterly meetings with political parties as such had afforded them the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions.

He said that it was under the leadership of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, that the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) was recognised.

IPAC, as the umbrella body of the 25 political parties, also serves as an advisory body to INEC.

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