Adamawa North Senator Ishaku Abbo has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
His defection trailed last week’s departure of Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi from the opposition party.
Abbo, who was elected in last year’s general elections, is a close associate of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, a PDP leader.
The defector told reporters in Abuja that he dumped the PDP for the APC to enable him contest against Governor Umaru Fintiri during the 2023 election.
He added: “The governor did not defeat me. The governor did not chase me out. I actually gave way so that I will go and take his seat from him.”
With his defection, the APC now has 60 senators, the PDP has 42 and the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has one senator.
Four senators had died while two senators are now governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa State.