- Sam Onuigbo has on Thursday, December 17, defected to the ruling party APC
- The federal lawmaker announced his defection from the PDP in a letter to the principal officer, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila
- Onuigbo's defection makes him fourth lawmaker to switch party allegiance amid internal crisis rocking the opposition party
Another high-profile defection has hit the Peoples Democratic (PDP) as Sam Onuigbo, a federal lawmaker in the lower chamber House of Representatives, dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Onuigbo, who is representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency of Abia state, announced his defection on Thursday, December 17, during plenary.
He made his defection known in a letter directed to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
Among reasons, Onuigbo cited the internal crisis in his local government's chapter of the PDP as the reason for dumping the opposition party for the ruling train.
Reacting to the development, minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu asked the speaker to declare the seat of the lawmaker vacant. The request was, however, not granted.
Three lawmakers from the lower chamber had earlier switched party alliance, with Onuigbo making it four as crisis continues to hit the PDP.
Senator Abbo also leaves PDP for APC
Meanwhile, Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo also announced his defection from the opposition side to the ruling APC.
Senator Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the Senate on Wednesday, November 25.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.
Why I left PDP - Abbo
Speaking to newsmen after Senate plenary on Wednesday, November 25, Senator Abbo explained that he left the PDP to contest for the state's highest position.
The lawmaker further expressed optimism that he will defeat Ahmadu Fintiri in the gubernatorial race despite the fact that he fought for the governor's victory back in 2019.
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