By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The two splinter groups of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Kaduna State, Restoration and Akida groups have withdrawn their memberships of the ruling party.
This was announced at a press briefing on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Kaduna, anchored by representatives of the groups, chairman of Akida group, Mr. Tom Maiyashi and Barr. Jaafaru Ibrahim.
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.
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, criticisms and demands for inclusiveness and internal democracy.
They commended the resilience and commitment of their members in the face of what they described as institutionalized exclusion, marginalization and abuse.
“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 survival, 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.
“It has not lived up to the expectations of the millions of people who laboured to put in power, as well as Nigerians 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 stated.
“We are hereby advising all our teeming members to formalize their withdrawal from the APC. We urge them all to keep faith,” the groups stated.