Defection matters: PDP serves Reps Speaker, Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi
The spirited effort by the PDP to encumber the tenure of Hon Ephraim Nwuzi who is representing the people of the Etche Ethnic Nation on the floor of the National Assembly has entered another phase.
According to what we know at this time the Rivers State Chapter of the PDP which has been battling to serve Speaker Femi Gbajamilia and Hon Ephraim Nwuzi with a court summons at the National Assembly has finally done so through substituted service.
This has come in the wake of the approval given by the Judge in whose court the matter was filed, directing the litigants to serve the lawmakers through that window.
Also joined in the case, is the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
There are indications that all the parties in the suit are getting ready for the legal fireworks to come.
Nwuzi had defected to the APC, following emerging differences between himself and Governor Nyesom Wike, and what looks like an emerging crack in the PDP.
The federal lawmaker had weeks ago noted on the floor of parliament that he was dumping the PDP for the APC. That decision was greeted by cheers from the APC members in the House who happily welcomed him to their ranks.
But the PDP reacted, filing an exparte motion at a Federal High Court, which would restrain Nwuzi from parading as an elected member of the House of Representatives.
In the meantime, the PDP which is struggling to keep its house in order has a matter in Owerri where some members have entered a case against the State Chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor and members of PDP’s executive committee.
The litigants are urging the Federal High Court to nullify the process which led to their election as members of the executive committee.
Political observers say this is proof of emerging differences within the rank and file of the party in Rivers State.
Where all these would lead remains to be seen. It is however becoming clear that Governor Wike as leader of the party might be facing pockets of opposition within his own party.
This trend may well serve the purpose of Nwuzi who is entitled by the Nigerian Constitution to leave where there is evidence of crisis in his party.
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