3 Senators dump APC, as Senate gets new Minority Leader


LAGOS HERALD The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the lawmaker representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Philip Aduda as its Minority Leader in the Senate.

The emergence of Senator Aduda is sequel to a letter from the party signed by its National Secretary, Sam Anyanwu, and read on the floor of the Senate during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan also announced Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North) as replacement for Aduda who was the Senate Minority Whip, before his elevation Tuesday, to the position of Minority Leader.

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The immediate past Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, had in early June dumped the opposition PDP for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and tendered his resignation as a principal officer.

In another development, three other Senators of the governing All Progressive Congress (APC) have dumped their party through separate letters read by the Senate President during Tuesday’s plenary.

They are Senators Ahmed Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina North), Lawal Gumau (APC, Bauchi South), and Francis Alimekhena (APC, Edo North).

While Senators Kaita and Alimikhena joined the opposition PDP, Lawal Gumau joined New Nigerian Peoples’ Party (NNPP).

They cited marginalisation, injustice, and lack of internal democracy as some of the reasons for dumpling their former party.

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