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Controversial Statesman and Senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe who is representing Abia South Senatorial District, has officially tendered in his resignation for the membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he crosses camp to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
His resignation letter was read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during Wednesday’s plenary.
Until his resignation, Abaribe was the Minority Leader in the Senate.
The letter was entitled “Notification for Resignation from Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate.”
It read, “This is to notify you and my dear colleagues in the Senate that I have formally resigned my membership of the PDP through my ward.”
“This also means my resignation as minority leader.
” I wish to thank you and my dear colleagues and the leadership of the Senate for the warm camaraderie enjoyed while I was the minority leader. ”
Some senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had also faulted the defection of the former minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia, South) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
During the seemingly solemn and glum plenary session, the lawmakers raised several issues ranging from failure to consult the PDP caucus to breaching some provisions of the Constitution.
This was shortly after Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, announced his (Mr Abaribe) defection from the PDP to APGA and his resignation as the Senate minority leader.
The Eastern Updates reported how Mr Abaribe in May left the PDP on grounds of a “shambolic electoral process in the state, driven by a procured court injunction.”
The lawmaker, who resigned about 48 hours after he withdrew from the state governorship race, also decried the party’s use of “an imaginary three-man ad hoc delegates and the exclusion of the party’s statutory delegates” in the primary elections to elect candidates.
Although Mr Lawan noted that the Abia senator had sent two letters notifying him of his defection and resignation, he did not read the letters. He simply made a verbal announcement.