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Abaribe Exits PDP, Accuses Party Of Illegalities



The senator representing the Abia-South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party and as the Minority Leader in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Stating the reason for his resignation, Abaribe accused the party of illegalities, impunity and hesitations in decision-making.

The former top contenders for the PDP’s governorship ticket in Abia State, pulled out of the primary about 78 hours earlier.

In separate letters to the ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the President of the Senate in the National Assembly, Abaribe confirmed his resignation.

In a letter addressed to the party’s ward Chairman, titled “Resignation of my membership from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” he said, “I write to inform you of my decision to resign as a member of (the) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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“This development is consequent upon the shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision of the party and after due consultations with my constituents.”

Notifying the President of the Senate, Senator Lawan Ahmed, of his resignation as the minority leader in a letter titled, “Notification of Resignation from the Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate,” Abaribe stated, “This is to notify you and my dear colleagues in the Senate that I have formally resigned my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party through my ward. This also means my resignation as (the) Minority Leader of the Senate.

“I wish to thank you and my dear colleagues in the Leadership of the Senate for the warm camaraderie we enjoyed while I was Minority Leader.”

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