Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing under-performance of the governing party as his reason.
DAILY WITNESS reports that Baba-Ahmed’s resignation from APC has brought to three, the number of prominent party chieftains, who have left the APC within a period of one week in Kaduna state.
Hon. Isah Ashiru Kudan, who was a governorship aspirant on the paltform of APC in 2015, and another founding member of the party, Alh. Lawal Adamu Usman, resigned their membership of the party less than a week ago.
Baba-Ahmed, in a statement he personally signed and issued this Monday, said his decision to quit APC was a difficult one for him having helped to form the party.
He also noted that his decision has nothing to do with his principal, Senate President Bukola Saraki, even as he added that APC should not be trusted to govern the country beyond 2019.
“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from the All Progressive’s Congress (APC). I have sent a formal letter to this effect to Chairman of my Ward.
“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped form and made my humble contributions to put in power. After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed, 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.
“I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision, and mine alone. It has nothing to do with the 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 President of 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 I had to chair CPC and APC in Kaduna State, and I wish all our leaders God’s guidance,” he said.