Senator Elisha Abbo, the senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, who recently decamped from the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) to the All Progressive Congress(APC), has revealed that he made that transition in order to actualize his ambition to become the Adamawa State governor, come 2023.
Senator Abbo made the statement at a news conference on Wednesday after his letter of defection had already been read at the floor of the house by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Abbo said his defection to the APC was as a result of the crisis that’s ongoing in Adamawa State PDP. In the letter read at the floor of the house, 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.”
It was gathered that the Senator was told to resign by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya, who in his statement 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.”
Senator Abbo in his counter response to the statement made by Ologbondiyan 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 go?
“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 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.”