Defection claim malicious – Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has debunked news of his defection from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Adviser on media, Ola Awoniyi, said the clip of his defection that went viral was a malicious work from mischief-makers edited to suit the misinformation they plotted.

The statement read, “We have seen on social media a video clip in which the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, purportedly announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

“The original video clip, which was mischievously edited to 26 seconds, is three minutes, 30 seconds clip of the Senate President reading the letter by His Excellency, Senator Muhammad  Ailero of Kebbi State, informing his distinguished senator’s colleagues at plenary of his defection from the APC to the PDP over issues in the state chapter of the APC.”

Lawan said there was no way the news of his defection would have eluded journalists who covered plenary on Tuesday and Wednesday, urging the public to discard such news.

The statement added, “It is common knowledge that the Senate resumed from a recess on Tuesday and adjourned sitting on Wednesday to next Tuesday.

So, how could the Senate President have made such an announcement at plenary either on Tuesday or Wednesday without it being reported by journalists who covered the proceedings?

“The fact is that at the commencement of the session on Tuesday, the Senate President read out some correspondences, one of which was the said letter written by Senator Aliero.

“Senator Aliero was not the only senator that officially announced his defection this week from one party to another. It was the video clip of the Senate President reading out Senator Aliero’s letter that was doctored to give the wrong impression that Lawan had renounced his membership in APC.”

The Senate President further stated that he was committed to his party and not defecting to any other party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Ahmad Lawan is a committed member of the APC and has no reason whatsoever to renounce his membership of the party. Members of the public are hereby enjoined to discountenance the video in reference as it is the handiwork of mischief-makers,” he added.

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