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Defection: Nobody Has Defected In Senate, Says Abaribe

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Insists Senate not aware of any defection letter SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, (THEWILL) - The Senate on Tuesday declared that no senator has defected from any party as being reported.

It also clarified that no senator has written the chamber signifying interest to dump any party to another one.

The Senate also insists that constituents do  not elect group of persons, but rather individual candidates and as such any defector must be guided by constitutional provisions on how and what must inform defection to another party.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs  , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is also the  Senate spokesman said at a media briefing  that so far, the Senate is not officially aware of any letter from any group of senators on the planned defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Apparently, the senate response was in reaction to media reports quoting Senator Bukola Saraki (PDP, Kwara) that some 17 Senators will defect from  PDP to APC this week and that the senators had signed their defection letters that would be delivered to Senate President David Mark on their desire to leave the PDP for the APC Abaribe told Senate Correspondents that Senators cannot defect in group, adding that any senator desiring to defect, must do so as an individual.

According to him, "The Senate is not aware of any letter; if senators write to the Senate President, that is personal, it has not been read to the Senate, I have cause to say this, the process to move from one party to another is well stated in the constitution.

"It is clear, until we get an open letter from each Senator .

Senators  can't write a joint letter on defection, they were all elected separately and until we see that, we can assume that nobody is going anywhere," he said BY EMMA UCHE, ABUJA