By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Akida faction of the All Progressives Congress Party, (APC) in Kaduna State has said the party is being led by people without legitimacy in the state and a government headed by a Governor whose registered success lies in only the ability to rain curses on perceived opponents.
The faction stated this in a statement signed by the Chairman, Executive Committee, Mr Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi and made vailable to the media in Kaduna on Friday, May 25, 2018.
The statement added that the Governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai kept dancing in the public while the people are dying on daily basis in the hands of marauding killers.
The statement further maintained that the Governor lives in his own world seemingly beyond the reach of any restraining influence.
“The Akida group has informed all relevant party organs and leaders that it will regretfully consider leaving a party it worked hard to put in place if there is no visible evidence of success in addressing the damaging levels of alienation and frustration among the millions of party faithful in Kaduna state.
“As things stand, the founding values of our party, particularly integrity, accountability, inclusiveness and compassion have been systematical repudiated by the government of Nasir El-Rufai, starting with the subversion of the autonomy and integrity of the party at all levels in the State. If other state governments and party leaders emulate the example of Kaduna, our party will have a very difficult task retaining the confidence of the people in 2019.
“The Akida group in the APC, Kaduna State, has concluded a review of the state of the party and governance issues in Kaduna State and the nation. Two significant events, the party congresses and the Local Government Councils elections in Kaduna State have confirmed the fears that the absence of credible and legitimate party leadership in our state will destroy its credit and popularity. These are fears which the Akida group had raised since the early days of the administration of Nasir El-Rufai.
“The congresses have exposed the contempt for popular participation by the Governor and his hand-picked choir. Our party has lost massive popularity and goodwill as a result of attempts to force the choices of an unpopular government on party faithful.
“Persons with responsibility have emerged who enjoy no support or legitimacy among party members, and the futility that these people will deliver an electoral victory in the 2019 elections is firmly registered from the reactions of most people in the state,” the statement reads.