Supreme Court orders Ondo Rep to vacate seat over defection

Report gathered the Supreme Court on Friday ordered ‎ a member of House of Representatives representing Akure South/North Federal Constituency of Ondo State, ‎Ifedayo Abegunde, to vacate his seat on account of his defection from the Labour Party, which sponsored his election in 2011, to the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria.

‎In a unanimous decision by the seven-man panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the apex court held that Abegunde’s defection could not be justified since his excuse of purported division in the Labour Party was not in existence in the “national structure” of the party.

The court noted that the division and factionalisation, cited by Abegunde as his excuse for abandoning the LP, was only at the state level.

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