The Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, to Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Monday announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC, citing “gross under-performance of the ruling party.
Baba-Ahmed, while addressing journalists in Kaduna, said he has already sent a letter of withdrawal from APC to the party chairman in his ward, but was quick to point out that his action has nothing to do with the Senate President.
The Returning Officer to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election, disclosed that he resigned after carrying out due consultations with members of his Akida faction of APC, which also has Senator Shehu Sani as member.
While giving his reasons for dumping the ruling party in Kaduna, Baba-Ahmed said, “I need to say that the APC has grossly underperformed, and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continued membership.
“I do not believe, in all conscience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019.”
His letter addressed to his ward chairman of APC read, “This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from the All Progressive Congress, APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to the chairman of my ward.”
He added, “I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision, and mine alone. It has nothing to do with President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki. It is a decision taken after due consultations with the Akida Group, a group that has predated my appointment as Chief of Staff to the Senate.
“I will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging our nation from rising insecurity, poverty and bitter divisions.
“I am grateful for the opportunities l had to chair CPC and APC in Kaduna State, and wish all our leaders God’s guidance.”
Baba-Ahmed is a former chairman of the APC in Kaduna, a former Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as a former chairman of the now defunct Congress for Progressives Change, CPC.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I had to chair the Congress for Progressives Change and APC in Kaduna State and I wish all our leaders God’s guidance,” he said.