Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, has refused to resign his seat since his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Abbo was asked by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party to vacate office as he was elected on the party’s platform, but he questioned why the party did not demand same of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi who made the same move to the APC recently.
His (Abbo) letter of defection was read on the floor of the Senate by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday.
It read, “Today, I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to build the Nigeria of our dreams.
Following plenary, Abbo, at a news conference, alleged that there was crisis in the party in Adamawa state. He also said he left to become the state governor in 2023.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, while reacting to Abbos defection 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.”
In response, Abbo 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 resign?
“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 one 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.”