27 November 2017
By Justice Nwafor
Findings have revealed that former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, officially resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, since October 18 as against November 23 when he made his resignation public.
According to findings by The Punch, the former Vice President had written a letter on October 18, 2017, to the ward chairman of the APC in Jada 1, Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State, notifying him of his resignation from the party.
But the letter was kept secret until Mr. Atiku broke the news to the public himself on Thursday.
Stating his reasons for leaving the party in the October 18 letter, the former Vice President said he left APC because he could not “reconcile” himself with the ruling party’s dismal performance. A point he also made in the November 23 statement.
The letter dated October 18, 2017, read in part, “I wish to inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress in this ward with effect from the date of this letter.
“I’m resigning from a party we formed and worked so hard, with fellow compatriots across the country, to place in government.
“I had hoped that the APC government would make improvements to the lives of our people and the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. This hope has now been dashed.
“I’m unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in government, especially in relation to the continued polarisation of our people along ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our unity more than any other time in the recent past, and the unbearable hardship that our people are currently undergoing.
“Let me emphasise again that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it.
“While wishing you well let me express the hope that in the near future, a substantial number of you will join forces with us to, once again, defeat impunity, and restore vision and purpose to the politics of our great country.”