Delta North Senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Nwaoboshi has been having a running battle with the Delta State chapter of the PDP.
He was suspended by the party on Wednesday, a development that might have pushed the lawmaker to join the APC.
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central presented Nwaoboshi to President Muhammadu Buhari and National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) at the State House in Abuja on Friday.
Buhari welcomed Senator Nwaoboshi to the APC fold, saying “you are welcome to the progressives family.”
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the Deputy Senate President said Senator Nwaoboshi’s decision to join the APC clearly shows that the effort of the CECPC was yielding fruit.
He added that the senator was warmly welcomed by party members present at the Aso Rock Villa.
The State Working Committee (SWC) of PDP, Delta State Chapter, had suspended the Senator for a period of one month for alleged anti-party activities on Wednesday.
PDP spokesman in Delta State Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, in a statement, noted that the action was necessary “against the backdrop of the recent romance with an opposition party, verbal recklessness and unprovoked utterances of the lawmaker, particularly against the person of the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.”
But Nwaoboshi in a statement on Thursday stated that the action of the party at the state level was satirical, hurriedly done, and a laughable caricature.
“Curiously, this irrational, laughable, illegal and unconstitutional action of this bunch of alarmingly, anti-democratic forces masquerading as the State Working Committee is against the principles of fair hearing as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, a document that supersedes all other documents,” Nwaoboshi said.
“Notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no Executive Committee at any level, except the National Executive Committee, shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive committee, Deputy Governors or members of the National Assembly provided that nothing in the constitution shall preclude or invalidate any complain submitted through the.
“By these provisions, the State Working Committee has demonstrated complete undemocratic and anti-constitutional behavior which has rendered their uncharitable suspension null and void and of no consequence whatsoever.”