Former APC vice chairman resigns, gives reason

Salihu Mohammed Lukman, a former national vice chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has withdrawn his membership of the ruling party.

Lukman’s resignation was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, June 12.

The former member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) said he left the party because of lack of internal democracy.

He also blamed his decision on the “failure” of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to allow reforms within the party.

Lukman has consistently criticised party leaders for allegedly jettisoning the founding vision and not embracing reforms.

The APC chieftain said he had gone back to the trenches to work with other political leaders for the survival of democracy in the country.

“It is possible to remain in APC if at all President Asiwaju Tinubu will allow internal reform in the party to return it to its founding vision, which as it is, is very remote,” Lukman said.

“But my reality now in the party is that my membership has been rendered useless and there is no need for me to continue to impose myself.

“I have therefore gone back to the trenches and will try to work with all committed Nigerians who agree and subscribe to the goal of actively campaigning for the survival and development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We must grow our democracy to the point whereby elected representatives at all levels are accountable to the party and it is possible for Nigerians represented by various interests to develop strong relationship with political parties and elected governments based on which policies of governments can be made to reflect wider interests of Nigerians.

“I am confident that a strong democracy with functional political parties is possible in Nigeria. I am also confident that in our lifetime we can produce governments that are truly capable of making the lives of Nigerians better.

“I don’t expect party leaders will agree with my decision. I believe that eventually, we will be united will all party leaders and other Nigerians who are committed to developing Nigerian democracy,” he added.

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