Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, continued to disintegrate on Friday as members of its Akida and Restoration groups in Kaduna State announced their withdrawal from the party.
The Chairman of the Akida group, Matamaiki Tom-Maiyashi disclosed the decision of the two groups at a press conference in Kaduna.
Mr. Tom-Maiyashi said they left because the APC was not ready to accommodate alternative views, neither does it allow democracy to take its course in the conduct of party affairs.
Prominent members of the two groups that left include Senators Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Centra) and Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC Kaduna North), Tijjani Ramalan, owner of Liberty Radio and Television stations, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed among others.
Tom-Maiyashi said: “This joint Press Conference is the culmination of extensive reviews and consultations over the state of the All Progressives, Congress (APC) in Kaduna State as well as in the nation.
“As you will appreciate, groups such as ours that had been part of the efforts to keep our Party along the lines of survival, accountability and integrity will be diligent in ensuring that whatever steps we take are consistent with our high sense of responsibility.
“We are satisfied that the positions we have arrived at are in the best interests of our members and the ongoing efforts to create options and strategies that will rid our nation of underserved and avoidable challenges.
“Members of our two groups have decided to leave the APC because it is incapable of accommodating and responding to well-meaning dissent, criticism and demands for inclusiveness and internal democracy.“
He blasted the APC for failing millions of Nigerians who voted for the party and had expected genuine change.
“We are hereby advising all our teeming members to formalize their withdrawal from the APC.
“We are engaged in serious discussions with parties which share our values and principles towards political collaboration that best suits our interests, and in due course, we will make public the outcome of these discussions.
“We want to commend the resilience and commitment of our members in the face of institutionalized exclusion, marginalization and abuse. We urge them all to keep faith,“ he said.
Recall that on July 4th, the n-PDP left the APC, rebranding itself Reformed APC (R-APC).
Ex-secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change and former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Buba Galadima from Gashua, Yobe State, emerged as the National Chairman of the faction.