Senator Ishaku Abbo on Wednesday announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Abbo representing Adamawa North in the red chamber is infamous for beating up a female worker at a sex toy shop in Abuja.
The Senator cited reasons he decamped in his defection letter read on the floor by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and an interview he granted newsmen.
In both, he hit out at his State governor, Umaru Fintiri while announcing his plan to contest for governorship come 2023.
“The governor did not defeat me. The governor did not chase me out. I actually gave way so that I will go and take his seat from him,” he said.
His letter entitled: Movement of God’s People from the PDP to the APC, reads in part: “I write to formally inform you, sir, the Senate and indeed Nigerians, of my defection from the PDP to the APC.
“This is as a result of the mismanagement of the PDP by Governor Fintiri in Adamawa State, which led to the crisis in the party that in turn led to the polarisation of the party in the state (PDP and rPDP).
“Today, I join the APC and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu 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 Buhari as it is evident in packages such as:
“Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT); Homegrown School Feeding Programme (HGFP); Trader Money; Market Money; Farmers’ Money; N-Power; Special Public Works Programme, currently employing 1,000 persons from each of the 774 local Ggovernment areas;
“National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA); Buhari Young Farmers’ Network; Artisans and Transportation Grants; Guaranteed Off-Take Scheme; CAC Business Formalisation Scheme; and 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 PDP to the APC with effect from today, being Wednesday, November 25, 2020.”