- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is the biggest political news in Nigeria in recent times
- Reactions have continued to emanate from different quarters regarding the former vice president's resignation as a member of the ruling party
- The latest is from the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank
- He said it is saddening that people are moving from the ruling party to the party in opposition
The deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the leadership of the party should be remorseful following the resignation of the former vice president Atiku Abubakar and many others from the ruling party.
According to the Bayelsa-born APC chieftain, in as much as democratic system of government permit politicians to move from one party to the other, the failure of APC leaders at the national level must have been responsible for the recent massive defection from the ruling party.
Comrade Frank's comment is contained in a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Monday, December 4, where he stated that he had warned and predicted the recent development in the APC.
Part of the statement read: “Nigerians should note one very interesting thing in the politics of Nigeria today, in the past, it used to be that people decamp or leave the party that has lost election or that is in opposition to the party that is ruling.
“But here we are today, people are moving from the ruling party to the party in opposition. It is saddening but interesting the way politics is played out in Nigeria because here we are, people leaving the comfort zone of government and the corridors of power to the opposition party should signal danger to those leading the ruling party.”
Comrade Frank warned that the display of arrogance by some party leaders like Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, will further bring misfortune to APC.
He went on to say it is high time the APC realizes that politics is about number, stressing that the what is going on in the party “led some of us out of PDP in those days but we have now realized that it is even worse in APC.”
He predicted that if the impunity in the ruling party is not addressed on-time, the APC may witness the mother of all defections to opposition parties soon.
“As for me, I'm still a member of APC because I believe I have worked hard to bring about the ruling party as a young man but if the impunity does not stop, I will be left with no option.
“Not only me but some other serving governors, members of National Assembly and other known party leaders across the country have to decide their political future elsewhere,” he said.
Meanwhile, a political strategist, Dr Abbati Bako, has stated that Atiku possesses the political sagacity, exposure and wherewithal to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Speaking on the resignation of the former vice president from the APC, Bako said the political space in the country would soon take shape as alignment and realignment were on-going underground.
According to him, the failure of President Buhari to fulfil his campaign promises to Nigerians had brightened the chances of Atiku and the opposition to clinch power in 2019.
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