Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, representing Akwa-Ibom North East Senatorial District, has resigned his membership of the Folks’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP).
His resignation as a member of the PDP was contained in a letter dated July 15, 2022.
The letter was learn initially of plenary on Wednesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
Senator Akpan, who chairs the Committee on Petroleum Assets (Upstream), knowledgeable the higher chamber of his determination to hitch the Younger Progressives Social gathering (YPP).
He defined that his defection was towards the backdrop of agitations amongst members of the social gathering who had been dissatisfied with the absence of a degree enjoying area in the course of the governorship primaries within the state.
Bassey’s defection to the YPP brings the variety of serving Senators within the social gathering to 2.
The letter reads, “I write to inform Your Excellency, the President of the Senate, the Senate management and the complete Senate of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) with impact from July 15, 2022.
“I need to admit that the PDP has supplied me the chance to serve a number of capacities in authorities through the years, together with serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and I stay grateful to the social gathering to that extent.
“Nevertheless, it’s now clear to me and my supporters that the middle can not maintain within the Akwa-lbom state chapter of the PDP because the social gathering hierarchy determined to undertake and favour just one most popular candidate earlier than and in the course of the governorship primaries.
“The dedication of the state chapter of the Social gathering to assist the popular candidate couldn’t even be halted by each try and name for a degree enjoying area and its related controversies.
“In view of the foregoing, the agitations have led to critical rancor and a few steep variations within the ranks of the social gathering and this had offered me with a compelling cause to seek the advice of my individuals on our future within the PDP.
“I need to state that my supporters had earlier offered me with a nomination kind after paying for similar to encourage me to contest the social gathering primaries for nomination of the Governorship candidate of the social gathering however sadly, occasions resulting in the social gathering primaries for the governorship made it unattainable for me to take part within the primaries.
“Subsequently, I’m constrained to bow to the want of my individuals who have recommendation that in view of the state of affairs that exist now within the social gathering, I ought to resign my membership of the social gathering.
“Because of the foregoing, I resigned my membership of the PDP and now joined the Younger Progressives Social gathering (YPP) which now turns into my new social gathering.
“I thanks in your assist and understanding. Please settle for my honest regards.”