The Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North-West, Salihu Lukman, has tendered his resignation as a member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
This was contained in a letter dated July 26, 2023, and addressed to the acting APC National Chairman, Abubakar Kyari.
Lukman claimed that rather than provide a diversion for President Bola Tinubu’s new administration, he opted to step down as the party’s leader.
“My resignation is with immediate effect, which becomes necessary given my conviction that the atmosphere in the party is completely at variance with the founding vision of forming a progressive party,” the letter partly read.
“Rather than remaining in the leadership of the party and become a source of distraction for leaders and especially for the young government of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it is better to excuse myself and take time off from politics.”
“I will however retain my membership of the party in the hope that our leaders, especially President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will retract from acts that will be unjust and illegal, which is crucial to any claim of being democratic or progressive whether as politicians or as patriotic Nigerians.
“I wish to convey my sincere gratitude to our leaders in Kaduna especially Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai for finding me worthy of nomination to serve at the highest of the party’s leadership.
“I do hope all our leaders will appreciate that I am left with no option in the circumstance.”
Lukman announced his resignation in the face of a new crisis shaking the ruling party. His resignation came shortly after those of Abdullahi Adamu and Iyiola Omisore, who resigned as the party’s National Chairman and National Secretary, respectively, around two weeks earlier.