Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as the country prepares for 2019 general election.
Hakeem Baba-Ahmed announced his exit from the ruling party while addressing journalists on Monday.
He said the decision to leave the party was a difficult one adding that he had to do that anyway, in order to be in a position to contribute more meaningfully to efforts to rescue Nigeria from rising cases of insecurity and other social malaise.
Ahmed, who was appointed Chief of Staff to Saraki in 2017 said his leaving APC has nothing to do with the position of the Senate President.
However, prior to his resignation, there have been speculations that Saraki is preparing to decamp from APC due to the not-too-cordial relationship with the executive arm of government.
According to Ahmed, he took the decision to leave APC after due consultation with members of his Akida faction of APC in Kaduna where Senator Shehu Sani belongs.
Sani equally has been having running battles with the leadership of APC both at the national and Kaduna State levels.
He told journalists that he has sent a letter of withdrawal from APC to the party chairman in his ward, explaining that he was not leaving APC to join another party but believes the ruling party has underperformed.
“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to chairman of my ward. This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped to form and made my humble contributions to put in power.
“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continue membership,” he said.
“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continue membership,” former Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed