Senator Barnabas Gemade

Senator Barnabas Gemade on Sunday announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The former PDP national chairman was one of the 14 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators, who defected to the PDP a few weeks ago.

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Giving reasons for his defection, Gemade claims that Governor Samuel Ortom betrayed him over Benue North East senatorial ticket.

The senator was expelled from the PDP in 2003 for anti-party activities but later readmitted as a member of the Board of Trustees.

He ran for the Senate seat in 2011 and won on the PDP platform. The APC gave him a second ticket in 2015. And he won.

It remains to be seen whether his switching to the SDP will enable him to return to the Senate in 2019.