Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has finally resigned his membership of the Action Congress.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the AC in Yeli Ward in Kojoli-Jada Local Government Area, the ex-Vice President said he had to quit because he had always been a player in the nation’s mainstream politics.

It could not be immediately ascertained why the letter, dated April 6, 2010 , was unveiled yesterday.

The letter reads: "I wish to convey to you my decision to formally resign my membership of Action Congress (AC) with immediate effect. I have, however, taken this inevitable decision with mixed feelings.

"As circumstances and realities change, so do people re-assess such realities within the context of their own convictions.

"No doubt I owe a debt of gratitude to the leaders of AC for inviting me to be their presidential candidate in the 2007 presidential election, after I reluctantly left my party following my unjust expulsion.

"The circumstances of my exit from PDP are so well known to Nigerians. The values and ideals of the party were deliberately trampled upon by anti-democratic forces.

“Despite being a founding member, I was treated shabbily and eventually forced out of the party. I had no choice therefore but to team up with others to found the AC, the platform I used to contest the 2007 election.

"Throughout my political career, I have always been associated with mainstream national politics. Sadly, my efforts to help build a strong national opposition party have been frustrated by factionalisation, intrigues and divided loyalties to particular individuals. These factors have made opposition parties incapable of rising to the challenges of national leadership.

"While appreciating the brotherhood and solidarity extended to me by AC, the current realities of Nigerian politics are not lost on me.”Opposition parties need to enjoy broader national appeal and present superior democratic credentials such as internal democracy and tolerance of dissent.

"The fissiparous nature of opposition parties and their inability to achieve broad-based national structures make it impossible for them to assert themselves effectively, let alone win power at the centre.

"Even after my reluctant exit from the PDP, the bond of brotherhood and goodwill between me and other founding leaders of the party remained intact," Abubakar added.


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