Deji Elumoye in Abuja and Emmanuel Ugwu-Nwogo in Umuahia
The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District in the National Assembly and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has resigned as the Minority Leader of the Red House.
The leading senator also resigned from his membership in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a letter to Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan titled “Notification of Resignation from People’s Democratic Party Membership in the Senate”, Senator Abaribe revealed that he had ceased to be the Minority Leader in the Senate. Senate, following his resignation. of the PDP.
The letter read in part: “This is to inform you and my dear colleagues in the Senate that I have officially resigned my membership in the People’s Democratic Party through my district. It also means my resignation as (the) Senate Minority Leader.
“I want to thank you and my dear colleagues in the Senate leadership for the warm camaraderie we enjoyed when I was Minority Leader.”
In another letter to his Ward Chairman and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in his local government area of Obingwa, Abia State, titled “Resignation from my membership in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP”, the former minority leader said he made the decision to leave the PDP after proper consultations.
The letter reads: “I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as a member of the (PDP).
“This development is the consequence of the party’s shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision and after proper consultations with my constituents.”
During the week, Abaribe had not taken part in the PDP gubernatorial primary in Abia State, saying he could no longer bear what he called impunity and illegality in the Abia State branch of the main opposition party.
There are indications that the former Senate Minority Leader may be pitching his tent with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) where he will fight for the Abia South senatorial ticket with the outgoing state governor. Abia and PDP senatorial candidate Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
After gutting the PDP, Abaribe yesterday signaled his intention to fight with Governor Ikpeazu for the senatorial seat of Abia South.
Abaribe, who has served in the Senate for 12 years now, confirmed to reporters contacted by phone that he would still pursue his ambition to retain his Senate seat.
He said he would be vying for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) senatorial ticket for the Abia South senatorial district, meaning he would face Ikpeazu in next year’s ballot. The Governor has already chosen the Abia South senatorial ticket from the PDP without any challenge.
The fiery senator fell out with the PDP of Abia and Ikpeazu when he encountered obstacles and failed to fulfill his dream of picking the gubernatorial ticket from the ruling PDP.
When he withdrew from the 2023 gubernatorial race, he cited “the lack of transparency and the use of only three imaginary ad hoc delegates to the exclusion of statutory party delegates in primary elections.”
But this time around, he said he had decided to quit the PDP and quit his leadership job in the Senate because of the “shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision of the party and after appropriate consultations with my constituents”.
Abia’s PDP is already experiencing big cracks as the controversial list of delegates has created discontent and bad blood.
Prior to the May 25, 2022 gubernatorial primary, most PDP gubernatorial aspirants including Abaribe had dropped out of the race for the delegate issue and some left for other parties to pursue their dreams. .