A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’abba, has explained his decision to quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said his decision was necessitated by the manner in which the party’s ward and state congresses were conducted.
He added that the nation’s prosperity was at risk with the way the ruling party was being run at the state and federal levels, adding that he no longer wanted to be identified with such.
The Kano-born politician, who was Speaker from 1999 to 2003, made his position known in a letter to APC Chairman of his Sharada Ward of Kano Municipal Local Government.
The letter read in part, “This is to notify you of my resolve to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), effective today 5th December 2018.
Na’abba lambasted the party, saying it was characterised by “lack of consultation, crass incompetence, lack of vision, arrogance, and dangerous fixation.”
According to him, the wave of defections that hit the party in the National Assembly recently was a sign of its failures.
“It is also a measure of the incompetence of the party that there is almost no state in the Federation where there is no conflict.
He lamented that the party had allowed itself be hijacked by some governors and other powerful individuals, saying this contributed to the rancour within the party in recent times.
He said, “In their endeavour to perpetuate themselves on the system, they not only snatched away the political rights of the people but also blocked all avenues with which and within which they would be held to account.
Na’abba, who did not state the party he was moving to, partly blamed President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged poor grasp of party politics and democratic governance.