Why I Resigned – Comrade Lukman

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FORMER Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Comrade Salihu Lukman, has reacted to speculations relating to his resignation from Office which broke on Monday, although there had not been any confirmation or rebuttal from either him or the PDF, which is an umbrella association of APC governors.

Comrade Lukman, in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed his resignation stating that he sent the letter to the PGF Chairman, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.

Lukman said his decision to quit is to enable him to continue with his criticism of the APC with a view to returning the party to its original vision.

“I restrained myself from making any public statement on the matter because I am still awaiting acceptance. I have privately responded to many enquiries from party leaders, friends, family members and clarified that it is true that my decision to resign my position is to enable me to continue with the campaign to return APC to its founding vision, which is to build a party that is not only democratic but oriented based on social democratic principles,” he said.

Comrade Lukman disclosed that all attempts to restore the APC back to its vision remain unachieved as some of the leaders continued to exhibit tyrant’s traits.

“Since the buildup to the 2019 elections, internal contests in the APC began to degenerate. Some leaders became intolerant and conducted themselves almost as tyrants. Every campaign to get the leadership of the party to commence the process of internal reform was resisted.

“Some party leaders in the bid to emerge as candidates of the party for offices became hostile. The Party campaign drifted to almost war situations in many instances. Organs of the party stop meetings as required by the constitution. Views of party leaders became decisions of the party,” he argued.

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