Senator Elisha Abbo representing Adamawa North Senatorial District on Wednesday formally defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC on the basis of alleged crisis in the state chapter of the PDP.
He blamed the crisis on Governor Ahmadu Fintri who he alleged mismanaged the party leading to what he alleged as the factionalisation of the party in the state.
GWG gathered that the crisis was heightened by the reported displacement of Senator Abbo’s associates from the party structure. The situation was worsened by the removal of those supposedly aligned to the senator during the recent local government election.
The development it was gathered has fueled speculations of Abbo mounting an assault on the governorship in 2023.
“The governor believes that Abbo wants to contest the governorship and so has come after his supporters. Believe me, what the governor has feared will come against him now,” a source familiar with the development said.
The source added that not even Atiku Abubakar who is seen as the patron of the party in the state was able to restrain the governor.
In his letter to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan on his decision to defect, Senator Abbo said:
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 polarization of the party in the state (PDP and rPDP).
Today I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu 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 as it is evident in packages such as:
i. Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT);
ii. Homegrown School Feeding Program (HGFP);
iii. Trader Money;
iv. Market Money;
v. Farmers’ Money;
vii. Special Public Works Programme, currently employing 1000 persons from each of the 774 local Government Areas;
viii. National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA): Buhari Young Farmer’s Network;
ix. Artisans and Transportation Grants;
x. Guaranteed Off-take Scheme.
xi. CAC Business Formalization Scheme;
xii. Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Grants among others.
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.
Accept Distinguished SP Sir, the assurances of my highest regards.