ADAMAWA North Senator Elijah Clifford Abbo has explained why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senator said he defected because he found justice, development and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.
Abbo spoke on Thursday after he got a party’s flag from the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
The senator, on Wednesday, announced his defection on the floor of the Senate.
He was presented to Buni yesterday by Senate President Ahmad Lawan at a brief ceremony.
Abbo said: “In the first place, the reason why everybody should join politics is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice.
“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people to feel good. So, I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”
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The senator, who was accompanied by some defectors from Adamawa State, said he was ready to work for the success of APC in his state in 2023.
“I want to also commend some PDP members that moved with me from darkness to light. Adamawa has always been APC state. We are the one that made it to tilt to the other side. Please, forgive us. We are now born again. We knew what we did and we will undo what we did, come 2023. We shall not disappoint you, sir,” Abbo said.
Lawan, who lauded Abbo’s move, said: “We want to commend out brother, Senator Abbo, for taking the right decision at the right time. Nigerians need every hand on deck. This ship is going to reach the final destination, by the grace of God.
“We will continue to be committed to making Nigeria better, irrespective of the resources available to us. We had our good days in revenue, but those days were bad days in performance. Now, it is the reverse. Our revenue is so low; in fact, it has not been this bad. Yet, infrastructural development in Nigeria is unprecedented. With so little, the whole country is now infrastructure sites – from the East to the West, from the North to the South.”