The senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Hassan Gusau, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Gusau announced his decision on Tuesday but did not state the party he plans to join.
His decision was conveyed in a letter which was read out by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary.
In the letter dated June 28, the senator stated the collapse of internal democracy in the PDP as part of his reasons to leave.
“I write to notify the Senate of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the effect of the date (June 28).
“My decision is necessitated due to the collapse of internal democracy and functionalision of the party from ward levels In Zamfara state.
“Further decision of my party affiliation will communicated to this chamber in due course,” the letter read.
Should Mr Gusau join the APC as expected, he would be the third PDP senator to move to APC in the ninth senate. The other two are Elisha Abbo and Peter Nwaoboshi.
Mr Gusau’s announcement comes barely three days after a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmed, suggested that the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, had left the PDP for APC. The governor is yet to formally announce his defection.
Should Mr Matawalle finally join the APC, he would be the third PDP governor to join the APC in the past seven months. The other two are the governors of Ebonyi and Cross River.
The PDP has condemned the planned defection of Mr Matawalle, warning that he risks losing his seat should he do so.
The defection of key political players like governors and senators, from one party to the other, is commonplace in Nigerian politics and no governor has previously lost his seat because he changed parties.
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