The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on Tuesday formally resigned from the Senate.
Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno North also resigned from the Upper Chamber.
Adamu and Kyari, in separate letters read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor, said their action became necessary following their emergence as National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (North) of the APC respectively.
Adamu said his resignation takes effect from 1st April 2022.
The letter was read by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on Tuesday during the plenary on Tuesday.
Adamu in the letter praised the charismatic leadership of the Senate President, saying: “I must commend you for a charismatic leadership in which you treat all Senators equally irrespective of political difference.”
Until his resignation, Senator Abdullahi Adamu was a two-term governor of Nasarawa State and a third term Senator in the Senate.
Similarly, Abubakar Kyari also communicated his decision to resign from the Senate.
Mr Kyari, who represented Borno North in the Senate, was elected the Deputy National Chairman of the APC (North) in the national convention held in March.
His decision to resign was conveyed in a separate letter read out by Mr Lawan.
Like his colleague, Mr Kyari said his resignation was to enable him to assume duty in his new position.
He thanked his constituents and the Senate for the opportunity to serve as well as the Senate President for his leadership style.
The duo were elected as chairman and deputy of the APC on March 26.
Mr Adamu officially assumed office on March 30 by receiving instruments of office from the immediate-past interim chairman of the party and Governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni, at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
While he disclosed that he had no knowledge he would be the party chairman 30 days before the convention, he expressed determination to live up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s trust.
Having resigned as senators, the Senate President is expected to declare their seats vacant and send a communication to Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC.
With the exit of Senator Adamu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was expected to conduct a by-election within a statutory period of three months for a replacement.