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Adamawa Senator Abbo defects to APC with PDP mandate

 Adamawa Senator Abbo defects to APC with PDP mandate

Ishaku Abbo

The number of lawmakers in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was further depleted on Wednesday,

after the defection of Adamawa North Senator Ishaku Abbo to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the PDP mandate.

His defection trailed last week’s departure of Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi from the opposition party.

Abbo, who was elected in last year’s general elections, is a close associate of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, a PDP leader.

The defector told reporters in Abuja that he dumped the PDP for the APC to enable him contest against Governor Umaru Fintiri during the 2023 election.

He added: “The governor did not defeat me. The governor did not chase me out. I actually gave way so that I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, the APC now has 60 senators, the PDP has 42 and the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has one senator.

Four senators had died while two senators are now governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa State.

Exuding confidence, Chairman of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni said there would be more defections to the ruling party in the coming days.

The chairman also said the party had set up a committee to review the APC Constitution.

Abbo, in his letter of resignation from the PDP, which was read on the floor by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, said he quit because of the “mismanagement of the PDP by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri in Adamawa State”.

He said the governor’s style led to a crisis and polarisation of the state chapter.

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