Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a 2023 governorship aspirant in Abia State, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He also resigned from his position as the Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate.
Abaribe’s resignation came after he earlier withdrew from the PDP’s governorship primaries in Abia State.
Abaribe declared his dumping of the PDP and Minority Leader of the Senate in separate letters to the ward chairman of the PDP in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the President of the Senate in the National Assembly.
He listed illegality, impunity and hesitations in decision-making as reasons for his decision to dump the opposition party.
The former Senate Minority Leader said that his next move would be communicated at the appropriate time.
His resignation letter titled ‘Resignation of my membership from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,’ read partly: “I write to inform you of my decision to resign as a member of (the) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“This development is consequent upon the shameful display of illegality, impunity and undemocratic decision of the party and after due consultations with my constituents.”
On his dumping of his position as the Senate Minority Leader, he said in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and titled, ‘Notification of Resignation from the Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate’:
“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.”