The Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, has warned Nigerians against allowing the APC government to continue in office beyond 2019.
According to him, the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to his loyalty and continued membership, hence the decision to dump the party.
He described his decision to leave APC as a difficult one taken after due consultation with members of his Akida faction of APC in Kaduna and added that his decision has nothing to do with the Senate President.
Baba-Ahmed who disclosed this at a press briefing in Kaduna, on Monday, said he had already sent a letter of withdrawal from APC to the party chairman in his ward.
He explained that he was not leaving APC to join another party.
“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from 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 to 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’s a decision taken after due consultations with 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,” he said.
Mr Baba-Ahmed is a former chairman of the APC in Kaduna as well as a former chairman of the now defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC).
He thanked the APC for the opportunities he had to chair both the CPC and APC in Kaduna State.