Senator Elisha Abbo has explained why he left the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress.
The Senator who represents Adamawa North in the upper chamber said he joined APC in order to pursue his 2023 governorship ambition.
Abbo, whose letter of defection was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, however insisted at a news conference after plenary, that there is a major crisis in the party in Adamawa State.
He also said he was not ready to resign as a Senator as was demanded by the PDP.
In a statement in reaction to Abbos defection, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “Senator Abbo, is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that, he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.
“The place of any Senators who changed parties except on the grounds provided by the Constitution is very clear and the PDP will not allow Senator Abbo to run away with our mandate.”
In response, Abbo said, “Did they ask (Governor Dave) Umahi to resign? Go and ask them (PDP). Governor Umahi just defected from PDP to APC as a sitting governor of Ebonyi State. Did they ask him to resign?
“There is a crisis in the (PDP) party in my state. That is the truth. I believe internal democracy in the party has suffered in the last one year when the governor assumed office.
“As you all know, it is only in Adamawa State that we have reformed PDP. There is a crisis in the party in Adamawa State and the governor is the cause of the crisis.”
In his letter of defection which was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, the Senator had said, “Today, I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to build the Nigeria of our dreams.”
The number of seats occupied by the APC now in the Senate is 60, while PDP occupy 42. There are currently six vacant Senate seats.
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