Nine serving Senators of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Labour Party, LP, according to a Vanguard report.
Some of the PDP Senators jumped ship for the opposition parties after losing at the PDP primaries. One of such senators is Senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar, representing Kebbi Central, who joined APC and was given the party’s ticket to contest the governorship election.
Another PDP Senator, Prince Bassey Otu, who lost the party ticket for Cross River South Senatorial District to Chief Geshom Bassey, Chairman of the State Water Board, defected to LP, where he has become the party’s candidate.
The same was the case with former National Chairman of PDP, Senator Banabas Gemade, who had a long battle with Governor Gabriel Suswan of Benue State on who flies the flag of the party for Benue North-East Senatorial District.
Senator Gemade defected to APC to seek re-election for a second tenure in the Senate.
Senator Mohammed Magoro, representing Kebbi South on the platform of PDP, also joined his colleague, Senator Bagudu in APC, while Senator Ita Enang, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business and one of the staunch members of PDP, also joined APC.
Senator Ita Enang, Akwa Ibom North-East, told Vanguard: “I am working for APC to ensure that it wins governorship election and any other position. I will only work for Jonathan for presidency.”
It was also expected that Senator Helen Eseune, will be joining the APC being one of the 22 aspirants in Akwa Ibom State that rejected the outcome of the primaries that handed the governorship party ticket to Emmanuel Udom, would also join APC.