The Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, yesterday announced his defection from PDP to APC.
Abbo blamed Adamawa State governor, Umaru Fintiri, for his decision to exit PDP.
In a letter he addressed to the Upper legislative chamber which was read on the floor of the House by Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC was not only premised on the ground of mishandling of the affairs of the PDP in Adamawa State but also on personal conviction that President Muhammadu Buhari’s policies have placed more premium on the welfare of the citizens.
He said, “Today I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
“This is as a result of the mismanagement of the PDP by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in Adamawa State which led to the crisis in the party that in turn led to the polarization of the party in the state (PDP and rPDP).
“The journey may be long, but we are on the right track as I strongly believe that by the end of the tenure of Mr. President, Nigeria will be a better place.”
Meanwhile, the PDP national leadership declared that moves have commenced to replace Abbo as Senator representing Adamawa North following his defection to APC.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan who stated this while reacting to the senators defection, said the party won’t allow Abbo to continue to occupy the senatorial seat which he won on PDP’s platform.
Ologbondiyan who noted that PDP was not fazed by Abbo’s decision to join the APC, said the constitution is clear that he has to vacate the seat.
The PDP national spokesman said, “He (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 Senator who changed party except on grounds provided by the Constitution is very clear and the PDP will not allow Senator Abbo to run away with our mandate. It is impossible.
“Our party had already commenced processes for his replacement with a credible, stable and acceptable person, to take over his seat in the Senate”.
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