Senator Elisha Abbo has revealed that the real reason he defected from the People’s Democratic Party to join the Congress of All Progressives was to pursue his ambition for governor by 2023.
Abbo, whose defection letter was read on the Senate floor by Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday, nevertheless insisted in a press conference after plenary that there is a major crisis in the Adamawa state partially.
He also said he was not ready to resign as a senator as required by the PPD.
PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, while reacting to Abbos’s defection, said: “Senator Abbo is fully aware of the constitutional implications of his decision to defect to another party; which is that, he cannot continue occupying the seat of the PPD in the Senate.
“The place of the Senators who changed parties except for the reasons provided by the Constitution is very clear and the PPD will not allow Senator Abbo to escape our mandate.”
In response, Abbo said: “Were (Governor Dave) Umahi asked to resign? Go ask them (PDP). Governor Umahi has just defected from the PDP to APC as Acting Governor of Ebonyi State. Did they ask you to resign?
“There is a crisis in the party (PDP) in my state. That’s the truth. I believe that internal democracy in the party has suffered in the last year when the governor took office.
“As you all know, only in Adamawa state have we reformed the PDP. There is a crisis in the party in Adamawa state and the governor is the cause of the crisis ”.
Earlier, in his defection letter that was read to the Senate floor by Senate President Ahmed Lawan, the Senator 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 APC now has 60 senators, while the PDP has 42. There are currently six vacant seats in the Senate.