The Senator representing Adamawa North, Elisha Abbo, has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling party, All
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan announced Abbo’s defection in a letter he read during Wednesday’s plenary session.
In the letter, Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa State by Governor Umaru Fintiri as well as the polarization of the party. He was immediately welcomed by the Senators of the All Progressives Congress and moved to their row.
According to Punch, Lawan who read the letter at Plenary Session Wednesday said that Senator Abbo cross carpeted because of what he described as the unprecedented achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari who has paid attention to the welfare of Nigeria citizens more than any other President, Nigeria as a country has ever produced.
In his remarks, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan who welcomed the Senator to APC, said that his action is a show of patriotism, of purpose and unity for the development of the country, said that the APC was inviting more Senators to come to the APC and join hands with the party, with a view to building Nigeria as a country.
Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo’s letter titled, ‘Movement of God’s People from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC,’ read in part, “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; vi. nPower; 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.”
Elisha Abbo who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election has been in the news for physically assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja, the nation’s capital, earlier on July 3, 2019. He was caught on camera doing so.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, ordered the senator to award N50 million to Osimibibra Warmate, the female attendant in the shop, whom he assaulted as compensation for what he did.