Senator Ishaku Abbo, Adamawa Northern Senatorial Zone
Adamawa North Senator in the 9th Assembly, Ishaku Abbo has revealed to THE GAZETTE NEWS that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is set to suffer another blow of defection as four members of the Adamawa State House Assembly, and one House of Representatives lawmaker will soon dump PDP to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Abbo the heavy lose of PDP is seriously incurring, and is seen to be deflecting their ranks by the day following concluded arrangements by the lawmakers to dump the ruling party in the state, People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), because of how the party has been polarized by state Governor, Rt. Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
The lawmaker bragged that his defection to APC is a serious deflection to PDP; with other prominent politicians like Titsi Ganama, Lawal Matoh, Aguwa Iliya, and many others who defected alongside him. And this is a sign that PDP in Adamawa is in a comatose state, Abbo said.
Recall that on the 26th November 2020, Senator Ishaku Abbo announced his defection at the floor of the Senate chamber where the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawal read his letter of defection.
Lawal while reading the letter, quoted Elisha to have blamed the Executive Governor of the state, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to caused havoc and mismanagement of the party, hence his decision to leave.
"It's an open secret that the PDP in Adamawa has two factions, PDP and rPDP. The Constitution is clear on that, a politician can cross carpet to any party if there is a crisis; the party's present situation made me not to know where to stage my loyalty," Abbo said
The lawmaker while responding to a question about a forum of Adamawa PDP youth leaders set to recall him for decamping to APC, Abbo said "they are just paid agents of Governor Ahmadu".
During a press conference in Yola, the leader of the forum, Mallam Abdulrahaman Abubakar disclosed the development and stressed that the recall process has become necessary considering the recent happening of Senator Abbo; cross carpeting to an opposition political party.
Abubakar, who is the PDP Youth leader representing Yola North Local Government advocates for the move as a constitutional requirement in their Party Constitution, noting that reasons advanced by Senator Abbo are mere untrainable excuses.
He challenged Abbo to show his constituents any tangible project his stewardship has ever attracted as the dividend of democracy since he emerged as a Senator.
"We as youth leaders of our local government areas under the peoples Democratic Party are fully behind Governor Fintiri's government in the state.
"We commend his massive urbanization drive across the 21 councils with special emphasis to the near completion of the flyover and underpasses interchange giving our state capital beautiful looks indeed.
"We however regret to express our dismay to the unconditional action of Senator Abbo for moving to APC from our great party without cogent reason to do so.
"We unanimously agreed to call on our party's stakeholders especially the leadership to initiate recall process against Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo due to his constitutional breach". He declared.
Ishaku considers their actions laughable and likens it to be an exercise in the futility of embarking on a wide elephant's job.
He recalled that Chief David Umahi, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State defected to APC, Ephraim Ewuzi a House of Representatives lawmaker from Rivers state, and David Abel from Taraba state defected to APC without fear or favor of any recall.
" I see them suffering, on a wide elephant job as slaves and stooges of Fintiri who are paid to make noise and ignorance of how a recall process can be done," Abbo said
The APC new Senator fingered Governor Ahmadu to have hands-on the crisis rocking down PDP in Adamawa State the very day he armed twisted party affairs, conducted local government elections without primaries, and made his loyalists executive chairmen of the twenty-one councils.
"Internal Democracy is the best rock of external Democracy, when there is no internal democracy there can no be any Democracy. Governor is the dictatorship bringing heavy destruction of PDP and he should be blamed for all the crisis shattering the party in the state." He added