By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Representatives of two splinter groups of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, the Restoration and Akida groups have withdrawn their memberships of the ruling party.
This was announced at a press briefing on Friday in Kaduna, anchored by the chairman of the Akida group, Mr. Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi and Barr. Jaafaru Abbas Ibrahim
“We are hereby advising all our teeming members to formalize their withdrawal from the APC,” the groups said.
They explained that the 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 in the frontline of the efforts to keep our Party along the lines of survive, accoutability 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 on going-efforts to create options and strategies that will rid our nation of undeserved and avoidable challenges,” they said.
They said that members of the 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.
“It has not lived up to the expectations of the millions of people who laboured to put in power,as well as Nigerian who expected that it will usher in genuine change.
“We are engaged in serious discussions with parties which share our value and principles toward political collaboration that best suits our interests.In due course,we will make public the outcome of these discussions,” the groups said.
They commended the resilience and commitment of their members in the face of what they described as institutionalized exclusion, marginalization and abuse.
“We urge them all to keep faith,” they said.