The senator representing Adamawa North in the national assembly, Elisha Abbo has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The senator faced public outrage when he assaulted a lady at a sex toy shop in Abuja in May 2019.
Abbo’s defection was announced in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday.
The senator said he left the PDP because it was being mismanaged by Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.
He said the PDP in Adamawa State has been “polarised” owing to the leadership of Fintiri.
“I write to formally inform you Sir, the Senate and indeed Nigerians of my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“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 polarisation of the party in the state (PDP and rPDP),” the letter said.
Abbo said he is joining the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari to “build the Nigeria of our dreams.”
“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.
“My Senate President Sir, it is worthy of note that in the history of Nigeria’s Nascent democracy, specifically from 1999 till date, no President has paid attention to the welfare of Nigerian Citizens like President Muhamadu Buhari.
“Thus, in living up to the expectation of the good people of Adamawa North Senatorial District, I hereby defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with effect from today being Wednesday, the 25th day of November, 2020,” he said.
Speaking, Lawan said Abbo’s defection “is a show for patriotism, purpose and unity and development of our country.
“We are inviting the remaining distinguished colleagues to join hands with the APC to build Nigeria of our dreams. We have our APC caucus meeting today with the leadership of our party so you are coming at the right time,” the Senate President said.