Two Senators belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, resigned their membership of the party and defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmakers in their separate letters read at the commencement of plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, attributed their resignation from the opposition party to internal crisis, tyranny and leadership failure within the PDP.
The lawmakers who defected are Senators Sahabi Ya’u (Zamfara North) and Lawali Hassan Anka (Zamfara West).
The defection letter by the deputy minority whip, Ya’u, read: “I hereby inform Your Excellency and my distinguished volleagues of my decision to move from the Peoples’ Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress Party.
“The decision is necessitated by the endemic crisis that engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the PDP, which led the national body to dissolve the State Exco of the party.
“This has negatively impacted effective representation of my constituents. Being a representative of my people, and having consulted widely with them, I decided to defect from the crises ridden party to a more formidable and peaceful party, the APC.”
Deputy chairman, Committee on Senate Services, Anka, on his part, said his defection was informed by the crises in the Zamfara State chapter of the PDP.
Also, a formal letter of defection written by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North), was read by Lawan.
Recall that the presidency had last week announced the defection of Nwaoboshi from the PDP to APC.
In his letter, Nwaoboshi said his decision to resign from the PDP was due to the implosion within the party.
The lawmaker accused the leadership of the party of fostering tyranny, arbitrariness and intolerance.
Lawan, who stopped midway while reading the defection letters as a result of interjections from PDP Senators, jokingly remarked that more defections were underway.
“Distinguished Senator Utazi, I know this is not easy, but you know we have to learn to live with it because many more will be coming here,” Lawan said.