By Tony Nwanne
Godiya Akwashiki, the Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Wednesday left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who read Akwashiki’s defection letter during plenary session in Lafia, congratulated Akwashiki (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon West) for taking the decision.
Abdullahi, who welcomed the lawmaker into the APC, assured him of support and equal opportunities in his new party.
In his remarks, Akwashiki identified the crisis rocking the PDP at the national level as the major reason for his defection to the APC.
He said: “The crisis rocking our party at the national level between the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi faction and the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff faction is the reason I dumped the PDP and defected to APC.
“After due consultation with my party stakeholders, the people of my constituency and other people in the state, I deemed it necessary to dump the PDP and to defect to APC so as to contribute my quota to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.”
In a swift reaction, the state PDP chairman, Francis Orogo, said the defection of the deputy speaker was a blessing to the party.
“We are not shocked by his defection. He is coming from a zone where the PDP is confident of victory at all times. So, his defection is not an issue,” Orogo also said.