14th February, 2014
Senator Hassan Ahmed Barata, a Nigerian lawmaker representing Adamawa South, has dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, the spokesperson for APC senators, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said in a statement on Friday.
Ojudu said Barata’s defection and many more to come only confirms that “the PDP is in the throes of death.”
“The lawmaker representing Adamawa South in the Senate, Senator Hassan Ahmed Barata, has swelled the ranks of All Progressives Congress (APC) senators in the upper chamber by dumping the Peoples Democratic Party to team up with other progressive democrats in the huge task of repositioning Nigeria,” Ojudu said.
In leaving the PDP, Barata described the APC as an answer to Nigerians’ prayers for a veritable alternative that would collectively harness the potentials of Nigerians to re-direct the ship of state from the path of retrogression to progress.
“Senator Hassan Ahmed Barata, who currently represents the good people of Adamawa South, is an astute grassroots politician with immense experience and strength of character,” Ojudu said.
Barata was a member of the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2007 and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism.
“His brilliance, understanding of topical issues, ability to inspire and motivate his colleagues and foster harmony in the line of duty have marked him out as a detribalised Nigerian driven by patriotism to the country,” Senator Ojudu said.