Shehu Sani, Hunkuyi Group Dump APC

THISDAY - - NEWS - JohnShik­lam in­Kaduna

The fac­tional All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress group loyal to Shehu Sani, sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Kaduna Cen­tral se­na­to­rial zone and his coun­ter­part in Kaduna north se­na­to­rial zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi has fi­nally dumped the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) af­ter a pro­long bat­tle with the state gov­er­nor, Nasir El-Ru­fai.

Both Sani and Hunkuyi re­spec­tively be­long to two of the three fac­tions of the party in the state, known as “APC Akida” and “Restora­tion Group” which are op­posed to El-Ru­fai’s politics and style of ad­min­is­ter­ing Kaduna State.

Chair­man of the Akida fac­tion, Tom Maiyashi and le­gal ad­viser of the Restora­tion Group, Ja’afaru Abas Ibrahim, an­nounced the de­ci­sion of the two groups to leave the APC at a joint press con­fer­ence on Fri­day in Kaduna.

Maiyashi who spoke for the groups, said the de­ci­sion to leave the APC was taken af­ter wide and ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers.

He said: “This joint Press Con­fer­ence is the cul­mi­na­tion of ex­ten­sive re­views and con­sul­ta­tions over the state of the All Pro­gres­sives, Con­gress (APC) in Kadun State as well as in the na­tion.

“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, ac­count­abil­ity 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 on­go­ing-ef­forts to cre­ate op­tions and strate­gies that will rid our na­tion of un­de­served and avoid­able chal­lenges.

“Mem­bers of our two groups have de­cided to leave the APC be­cause it is in­ca­pable of ac­com­mo­dat­ing and re­spond­ing to well-mean­ing dis­sent, crit­i­cism and de­mands for in­clu­sive­ness and in­ter­nal democ­racy”.

Speak­ing fur­ther, the two groups said the APC “has not lived up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the mil­lions of peo­ple who laboured to put it in power, as well as Nige­rian who ex­pected that it will usher in gen­uine change.”

The groups ad­vised their teem­ing mem­bers to for­malise their with­drawal from the APC.

Al­though the two groups did not dis­close where they would pitch their tent, Maiyashi how­ever, said dis­cus­sions were go­ing on whether with po­lit­i­cal par­ties that share their val­ues and prin­ci­ples.

“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.

“We want to com­mend the re­silience and com­mit­ment of our mem­bers in the face of in­sti­tu­tion­alised ex­clu­sion, marginal­i­sa­tion and abuse. We urge them all to keep faith,” Maiyashi said.

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