Why I left APC – Shekarau

Former governors of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who played a central role during the formative stage of the opposition merger party accused the APC of violating critical norms of democracy, pointing out that “within these six months, various unconstitutional decisions have been passed by a clique of the leadership of the party, and in our position as bonafide members of that party then, we challenged such decisions. We presented written petitions signed by over 250 stakeholders on December 18, 2013. Today is exactly six weeks since we presented that petition, no acknowledgement, no contact, no one has referred to us to address the petition we have submitted.

“APC has nothing to show in this last six months, there is nothing on ground, not a single member of APC has been registered, not a single leadership structure exists anywhere within the states. No structure of interim leadership at ward levels, at local government levels, at state levels.

“Up till this time, we are yet to receive any detailed programme of democratic elections to produce leaders of the party at various levels. To our dismay and to our surprise, within the six months which was the formal and official constitutional period given the interim leadership of the party, we now hear that leadership of the interim has no limited period.”

The former Presidential flag bearer of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP,  maintained that “failure to address these petitions is a clear indication to us that the leadership of APC has taken sides and is not prepared to listen to genuine grievances which are against the spirit of democracy, adding that “it was against the spirit of fair hearing and against the spirit of social justice for which the party stands for. “

Shekarau declared: “It is as a result of this very conspicuous display of injustice that the stakeholders of the ANPP of Kano assembled here today, moved a motion, which has been passed and supported, that we members of the defunct ANPP of Kano State do hereby denounce our membership of the All Progressive Congress, APC.”

Shekarau declared to the admiration of his supporters that “we dump the party from this moment; and based on the motion moved and adopted and accepted unanimously, we the members of ANPP stock of Kano State are moving en mass and collectively into the Peoples Democratic Party.”

He, therefore, called on his supporters across various divide to disassociate themselves with anything that has to do with the APC and “join hands with our brothers, our sisters and our fellow citizens of Nigeria to take the country to greater heights.”

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