By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial district in the Upper chamber, Suleiman Hunkuyi has revealed reasons behind his decision to dump the All Progressive Congress, (APC), saying the party had since derailed from the change its promised Nigerians.
He made the assertion while fielding questions from Journalists shortly after his visit to the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) state Secretariat in Kaduna on Friday, July 27, 2018.
According to him the decision to quit APC was the must popular decision available to human beings and their political situation that has caused to this country by APC.
“You have to go back to the root of what attracted us to APC. What attracted us to APC then was the abnormal political terrain provided by PDP then, that is one.
“Secondly, the grouping of the progressive minds to provide solution and alternatives to what we believed, hope, laboured and prayed for. We taught it is going to be a credible political alternative to PDP. Those were the reasons why we left PDP for APC then.
“I, Suleiman Hunkuyi, your good self, fellow Nigerians all over the country are living witnesses to the political situation meted on Nigerians due to the lack of internal democracy within the APC.
“This is one of the key reasons, we believed that the APC is no longer what Nigerians craved for. Whether we like it or not, PDP is an alternative structure second to none after APC. The PDP has retracted it stroke to apologised for some anomalies that have been enumerated against it by fellow Nigerians.
“Therefore, one can easily deduce from what I have just said in the first place the reasons why we were attracted to APC, and what has been meted on Nigerians. What we believed now is that APC is not an alternative, and even if it is, it is no longer such a meaningful democratic credible alternative which we craved for.
“So I, Hunkuyi believed in politics of people’s interest, their mandate and welfare, and not lack of respect for what people craved for.
“Although, what the APC was saying is that people were runing after a free meal ticket, but nobody would say I, Hunkuyi is not relevant in my own state, in my own locality, and even, if they say that, that is their own view. But people will prove whether those officers in the APC who at a time changed position are valuable or credible in their own polity or not.
“Nobody can announce such a judgement, the judgment belong to the people on whom we believe in. In the past few months, APC without reservation and respect for people have gone to prove that it does not care about what people care to choose.
“I laughed because it is a very big joke when APC at the end of the day, last week or this week introduced Direct Primaries. How can you talk of Direct Primaries when you did not recognised the will of the people to vote under a ward Congresses? That is manipulation!
“We have been in this culture called democracy for the last 30 years, so nobody can come with a word that appears to be attractive or sounds to be credible, and under that hide to shortchanged the people.
“Nobody is willing anymore to believe what the leadership of APC is telling the people, because we have seen practically; in practice that people do not matter to APC”.