Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Chief of Staff to Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday, in Kaduna, announced his decision to quit membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the former Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he had informed his ward chairman of his intention to leave the party. He, however, said his decision to leave the party had nothing to do with his principal, Saraki.
Baba-Ahmed who disclosed this at a press conference in Kaduna, described his decision to leave the party which he helped to form and contributed to put in power, as painful, but said the party’s “poor performance” left him no choice in the matter, adding that even though he was not leaving primarily to join another political party, he would remain in politics as it remained “the only way to salvage Nigeria.”
The former CPC chieftain said: “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 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 with due consultation with the Akida Group (APC), 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 the Congress for Progressives Change and APC in Kaduna State and I wish all our leaders God’s guidance.”