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Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has not dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contrary to reports on social media.

In an edited video making the rounds, Lawan was purported to be making an announcement that he was leaving the APC for PDP.

Chronicle NG reports that the video shared on social media was cut from an announcement made by Lawan on the defection by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, the Senate Majority Leader three days ago.

In the letter read during plenary, the Senate President said, “It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform your Excellency and indeed my entire colleagues in the senate of my decision to defect from my political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” but he was not referring to himself.


An aide of Senate President also confirmed to Chronicle NG that he has not dumped the ruling party despite the fact that his immediate political future seems uncertain.

The Senate President had vied for the Office of the President but lost out after a coup to install him as the consensus candidate of President Muhammadu Buhari failed.

He then went into the party presidential primaries at Eagle Square in Abuja were he lost to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate.

Lawan then tried to wrestle the Yobe North senatorial ticket from Bashir Machina who won the Yobe North ticket on the platform of APC.

All efforts to get Bashir Machina to hand Lawan the ticket has failed and the Senate President will now seek to return to the Senate from the opposition party.

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