Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Defects From Ruling APC
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has dumped Nigeria’s ruling APC. His statement reads in part: “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, APC has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced. Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked.
In that memo, he admitted that APC had “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance”. Of the party itself, that same governor said “Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty.
Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.” Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the APC on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened. But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth. A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people. I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage.
Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people? I hereby tender my resignation from APC while I take time to ponder my future.”