The National Vice Chairman (North West) of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Salihu Mohammed Lukman, has resigned from the party leadership.
His letter of resignation dated July 26, is addressed to the Acting National Chairman of Senator Abubakar Kyari.
Lukman’s decision to resign was in protest over speculations that Abdullahi Ganduje, former governor of Kano state may be named the new National Chairman of APC.
He said the current atmosphere within the ruling party was not in tandem with the vision of the founding fathers. He also warned APC against replacing the former National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu with Ganduje, noting that it would be suicidal to do so.
Lukman’s resignation later reads: “I hereby kindly resign my position as National Vice Chairman, North-West of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC). My resignation is with immediate effect, which becomes necessary given my conviction that the atmosphere in the party is completely at variance with the founding vision of forming a progressive party.
“Rather than remaining in the leadership of the party and becoming a source of distraction for leaders and especially for the young government of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it is better to excuse myself and take time off from politics, I will however retain my membership of the party in the hope that our leaders, especially President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will retract from acts that will be unjust and illegal, which is crucial to any claim of being democratic or progressive whether as politicians or as patriotic Nigerians.
“I wish to convey my sincere gratitude to our leaders in Kaduna, especially Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai for finding me worthy of nomination to serve at the highest level of the party’s leadership. I do hope all our leaders will appreciate that I am left with no option in the circumstance.
“I wish the party and all our leaders, especially President Asiwaju Bold Ahmed Tinubu all the best and will continue to give my modest support towards the success of the party from the background.”