The Lagos State PDP Defence
The Lagos State PDP has come out to describe the naked defence put up by the Lagos ACN against the Lagos PDP call that Senator Oluremi Tinubu should resign or be recalled from the Senate as unresearched and miscalculated. The Party states that the Lagos ACN has only succeeded in further exposing its naivety and making the Senator a subject of ridicule.
In the purported defence, the Lagos ACN characteristically embedded the truth and again tried to defend the obvious. We refer Lagos ACN to the full Press briefing where Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated categorically that she is confused about the operations in the Senate and cannot understand its workings.
The Lagos PDP had last week demanded the resignation or recall of Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the basis of the revelations at the press briefing. However, in his reaction, the Lagos ACN publicity manager assumed the role of an attack dog and rather than address the issues raised, went into use of foul languages.
The Lagos ACN got worse in its emptiness and reaction when it averred that the exercise to recall Senator Oluremi Tinubu can only be carried out by ACN members in the Lagos Central Senatorial district.
"Our party is indeed taken aback that Lagos ACN with all its acclaimed intellectualism and understanding of our democratic system could assert that only ACN members in the Lagos Central Senatorial district can recall Senator Oluremi Tinubu. This assertion is erroneous, lazy and uninformed. It actually reflects that the Lagos ACN leadership is as well a rookie and or as confused as Senator Oluremi Tinubu"
Again at this time, we are inclined to educate Lagos ACN on our constitutionalism.
Section 69 (a) and (b) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria, as amended, state clearly that:
A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives may be recalled as such a member if-
(A) there is presented to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, a petition in that behalf signed by more than One Half of the PERSONS REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THAT MEMBER'S CONSTITUENCY alleging their loss of confidence in that member; and
(B) the petition is thereafter in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within 90 days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple Majority of the votes of the PERSONS REGISTERED TO VOTE in that member's constituency.