Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai’s zonal campaign coordinator in the 2015 general elections, Barrister Jaafaru Abbass-Ibrahim has withdrawn his membership of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
In an open letter personally signed by him and addressed to the APC Chairman of his Kwabai A ward in Zaria local government area, Abbas-Ibrahim described APC as a sinking ship in the state.
He said that remaining in the party would equal to committing political suicide which he cannot risk.
Abbas-Ibrahim who was appointed by the present administration as the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Zaria local government area and served from June 2015- December 2015, said one of his reasons for withdrawing his membership from the ruling party was that the present government under the leadership of Governor el-Rufai had jettisoned the party manifesto and set a new personal goals and objectives detrimental to the future of the party.
“Recent developments before, during and after the party Congresses in Kaduna State are further confirmation of our fears that some of us are not wanted in the party, such that our continuous stay and in-house struggles and skirmishes had not only stagnated but rendered the party comatose due to the fact that the worst elements, crooks, swindlers as well as the most selfish have taken control of both the party and the government making the furture of the APC uncertain.
”The state is mired in violence and people are being killed on a daily basis, criminality, rural banditry, cyclical atrocities between political classes, kidnapping and robbery are taking their toll on the lives and livelihood of citizens of the state rendering the constitutional provisions that the governor as the chief security officer should provide for the security and welfare of the people an empty rhetoric.
“Moreover, the governor has woefuly failed to address problems such as unemployment, abject poverty, hunger and housing and deliver on its promises as contained in its abandoned manifesto.
”The Kaduna State government had since lost focus, commitment, zeal, determination, culminating in poor governance as a result of transparency, integrity, due process and accountability deficit.
“Our continued advise both privately and publicly for an improvement on both party administration and the state has been met with stiff opposition over which we have been called names in vituperative and unprintable languages.
“In view of the above therefore,it is obvious that APC in Kaduna state in particular is like a sinking ship, hence every discernable mind has to scamper into safety as in this circumstances.
“I am not ready to commit political suicide hence it is with greatest regret that I have formally announce the withdrawal of membership from the party which we laboured to establish forthwith,” he stated.