24 November 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Friday dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, describing the ruling party as a dying party.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Atiku said he took the decision after consulting “God, his family members and supporters”, but was silent on his next political move.
Recalling how the founding fathers of the APC reached out to him to join the party, he lamented the current state of affairs in the ruling party, even as he took a swipe at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement read in part, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress 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 the All Progressives Congress 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’.”