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News - February 22, 2017

PDP seeks replacement of Uba

Senator Andy Uba

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking the replacement of Senator Andy Uba as chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts without delay.

The PDP caucus in the Senate on Tuesday asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to replace Senator Andy Uba following his defection from PDP to the All Progressives Alliance (APC).

Saraki read Uba’s defection letter on the floor of the Senate yesterday.

After the letter was read, Minority Leader Senator Godswill Akpabio demanded that Uba be replaced as chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, a position that constitutionally belongs to the opposition.

Akpabio gave indication that the PDP would go to court to recover Uba’s Anambra South Senatorial District seat since it was not an individual that owns the seat, but the party.

He said the PDP won Uba’s seat, hence the party was prepared to recover it.

The announcement of Uba’s defection, although not particularly new, was greeted with the chant of “APC, APC” on the floor of the Senate.

With the defection of Uba to the APC, the party now has 65 seats in the Senate. PDP has 42 and Labour Party (LP) has one seat.

The Anambra Central Senatorial District seat vacated by Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife is still unoccupied.

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