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Abaribe joins APGA, declares for Senate

A few hours after dumping the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday morning, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has decamped to the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Abaribe who also announced his resignation as the Senate Majority Leader confirmed his APGA membership to reporters in Umuahia, on Friday, according to The PUNCH.

The lawmaker who was one of the top contenders for the party’s governorship ticket in Abia State before stepping down 78 hours to the primary said he has dumped his governorship ambition to seek re-election to the Senate under APGA come 2023.

Premium Politics reported that Abaribe had sent a letter to the ward chairman of the PDP in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, on Friday morning, announcing his resignation from the PDP and a letter to the President of the Senate announcing his resignation as the Senate Minority leader in a separate communication.

The letter addressed to the party’s ward Chairman, titled “Resignation of my membership from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” read in part, “I write to inform you of my decision to resign as a member of (the) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“This development is consequent upon the shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision of the party and after due consultations with my constituents.”

On his resignation as a member of the party in the upper chamber of the national assembly and the minority leader in the senate addressed to the President of the Senate, Senator Lawan Ahmed, the letter titled, “Notification of Resignation from the Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate,” read in part, “This is to notify you and my dear colleagues in the Senate that I have formally resigned my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party through my ward. This also means my resignation as (the) Minority Leader of the Senate.”

“I wish to thank you and my dear colleagues in the Leadership of the Senate for the warm camaraderie we enjoyed while I was Minority Leader.”

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