Senate Majority Leader Defects to PDP, Resigns Position

The Senator representing Kebbi North, Yahaya Abdullahi, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.

In line with this, the senator has also resigned his position as the Senate Majority Leader. He stated this in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read on Tuesday’s plenary.

Part of the statement reads, “I write to inform you of the withdrawal of my membership of the All Progressives Congress and consequently resign from my position as the Majority Leader of the 9th Senate.

“I came to this decision after a very hard struggle with my conscience and emotions. It is either to remain on the side of my people or to look the other way selfishly. All politics is local. I cannot, therefore, in good conscience, continue to work for the success of this administration at the centre while the people of my state, my primary constituency, continue wallowing in abject poverty and destitution under the misrule and manipulation of a despot.

“I have therefore decided to pitch my tent with the Peoples Democratic Party to join forces with my compatriots at home who struggle against incompetence, imposition and violation of democratic norms, principles and practices.”

In the same vein, Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central, also tendered his resignation letter on Tuesday. This brings the total number of PDP Senators to 39.

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