- The media aide to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Ola Awoniyi, has reacted to a claim that his principal is now a member of the PDP
- Awoniyi told journalists that the report is false and was fabricated with the intention of misleading Nigerians
- Awoniyi added that the rumour is a doctored video of Lawan reading the defection letter of a Kebbi senator, Adamu Aliero, who has joined the PDP from the APC
Amid defections of All Progressives Congress (APC)'s chieftains, especially those in the red chamber, there have been viral reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan has dumped the ruling party.
The claim that went viral on Twitter has it that Lawan, after losing his bid to become the APC's presidential candidate, joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Ola Awoniyi, a special adviser to Lawan, who recently reacted to the rumour in a chat with The Cable, described it as fake news.
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Lawan's media aide said:
“It was the video clip of the senate president reading out Senator Aliero’s letter that was doctored to give the wrong impression that Lawan has renounced his membership of APC."
Doom loading for APC as another senator defects to NNPP
Jika, a former chieftain of the APC, made the resignation of his membership of the ruling party known in a letter sent to Lawan.
Lawan, during the red chamber's plenary on Wednesday, June 22, read Jika's letter of resignation in which he announced his new party.
Big loss for APC as 3 prominent senators defect to opposition parties
Meanwhile, three senators belonging to the APC had resigned their membership of the ruling party.
The lawmakers were Senators Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).