Sen Abaribe dumps PDP, resigns as Senate Minority Leader

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Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abaribe also resigned as Minority Leader in the National Assembly’s upper chamber.

Abaribe, an Abia governorship candidate, withdrew from the PDP governorship primaries on Tuesday.

He announced his defection in a letter to the PDP ward chairman in Abia State’s Obingwa Local Government Area and the President of the Senate in the National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan.

Abaribe cited ‘illegality, impunity, and hesitations in decision-making’ as justifications for leaving the 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,” he added.

His letter to Senator Lawan Ahmed, 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.”