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The defection of Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday has left political bigwigs of both camps trading tantrums.

Abbo representing Adamawa North Senatorial district dumped his former party, PDP, arguing that the party has been riddled with crisis which would affect him, if he stays any longer.

The lawmaker argued that the Peoples Democratic Party that worked in which he won the Senatorial seat has been divided alongside PDP and rPDP now in Adamawa, stating that effort to reconcile feuding camps proved abortive.

In the letter he submitted to the Senate which was read by the President of the Senate, Abbo asserted that he was lured into APC as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s series of programmes, he has initiated to uplift the socio-economic status of the common people.

But reacting to Senator Abbo’s defection, a Chieftain of the Peoples Demicratic Party in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo urged the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan to declare Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo’s seat vacant.

Dr Ardo and Senator Abbo’s camps have been messy in supremacy battle as far as Adamawa PDP was concerned, a situation that has left PDP structure in bad shape.

On the other hand, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s foothold on the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa was another nightmare to Senator Abbo. The governor sees Abbo as a cantankerous and grumpy element who should not be left in PDP and was working clanderstinely to stampede him out at an opportune time.

To what extent has Abbo’s exit did collateral damage to Adamawa was yet unknown, but Adamawa All Progressives Congress (APC) has swiftly reacted to Dr. Ardo’s call to declare Abbo’s sest vacant, saying, Ardo was the architect of confusion in PDP.

Adamawa APC chapter heaped blame on Dr. Umar Ardo as stirring endless controversies that made Senator Abbo to run away, hence, he shouldn’t have cried more than the bereaved.

According to the organising Secretary of the APC Mr. Ahmed Lawal, he said Ardo’s position on Abbo’s defection to APC was nothing short of broad day dreams, insisting that the lawmaker would not lose his seat in the red chambers.

Lawal dismissing Ardo’s demand as puerile, further accused Ardo of trivialising substantive matters and finding space in Adamawa State’s political atmosphere.

He said: “Ardo should stop crying over spilt milk and stop this banality henceforth as he is the architect of his party’s misfortune.

”Dr. Ardo should know that by splitting his party along two groups, he gave Abbo the constitutional remit to defect from the PDP to APC.

”We call on the senate president not listen to such idle grandstanding and unconstitutional demands from Ardo,” he said.

More so, Senator Abbo vowed to use his newly found party to unseat governor Fintiri in 2023 general election.

Abbo boasted at a press briefing on Wednesday at the National Assembly that he relied heavily on his popularity to sweep the governor out of government house while asking him to watch out.

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