Earlier today, a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress known as “APC Akida” in Kaduna State dumped the party over its failure to deliver on its promises.
APC Akida and members of the APC Restoration group both revealed their decision to leave the party in a joint news briefing in Kaduna.
The leaders of APC Akida and Restoration, Mataimaki Maiyashi and Jaafaru Ibrahim, respectively were both present during the briefing.
Maiyashi noted that the APC was incapable of accommodating criticism, saying that the group is satisfied with its decision to dump party. He further added that announcement came following extensive reviews and consultations over the state of APC in Kaduna State and Nigeria.
Mr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is also a member of the Akida faction had dumped the party few weeks ago.
Senator Shehu Sani who is a member of the Akida faction had hinted on a possible move out of the party in series of tweets recently. It is however not yet known whether the senator and his colleague, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, would join the strongest opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Members of our two groups have decided to leave the APC because it is incapable of accommodating and responding to well-meaning dissent, criticism and demands for inclusiveness and internal democracy,” Mr Maiyashi said.
“It has not lived up to the expectations of the millions of people who laboured to put in power, as well as Nigerian who expected that it will usher in genuine change.
“We are hereby advising all our teeming members to formalize their withdrawal from the APC. We are engaged in serious discussions with parties which share our value and principles toward political collaboration that best suits our interests.
“In due course,we will make public the outcome of these discussions. We want to commend the resilience and commitment of our members in the face of institutionalized exclusion,marginalization and abuse.We urge them all to keep faith,” he added.
The ruling party has been facing challenges lately with aggrieved members of the party threatening to leave both at the state level and the national level.
Buba Galadima, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ally in his former party, CPC, had led new faction known as “Reformed APC”, which includes members of the new Peoples Democratic Party bloc of the APC, former members of the CPC, ANPP and ACN.
The breakaway faction had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the PDP and over 30 other political parties to support a candidate who will challenge Buhari in 2019.
Many other members of and political heavyweights in the party are also expected to leave soon, including, Senate President Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, Governor Ahmad Abdulfatah of Kwara State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and many others.