President Muhammadu Buhari Friday officially welcomed Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, representing Delta North, having defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This development comes a day after the PDP in Delta state suspended him for “romancing with a political party, ” an action the senator described as “undemocratic.”
“You are welcome to the progressives family,” Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying.
Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president, was also quoted as saying the defection of Nwaoboshi to the APC was as a result of the work done by Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the APC national caretaker committee.
It would be recalled that only last week, the Delta senator was cleared of corruption charges by the federal high court in Lagos state.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Nwaoboshi and his two firms – Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd — in 2018 before Mohammed Idris, a judge, who was later elevated to the court of appeal.
They were then re-arraigned before Chukwujekwu Aneke on October 5, 2018.
In the two-count charge marked FHC/L/117C/18, the EFCC alleged that the defendants laundered N322 million between May and June 2014, in Lagos.
However, the court said the anti-graft agency failed to prove the elements of the offences for which it charged the senator.