The leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress APC deepened on Wednesday as the National Vice Chairman, Northwest, Salihu Mohammed Lukman announced his resignation.
In a letter addressed to the Acting National Chairman of the party, Abubakar Kyari, he blamed President Bola Tinubu for the way he’s handling the affairs of the party noting it is at variance with his core values.
His resignation may not be unconnected to reports that Tinubu has accepted former Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje as the next National Chairman of the party.
This is despite protest within the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee members of the party who alongside strong stakeholders have warned against upsetting the current zoning arrangement.
Ganduje is from the Northwest while the position which was vacated by Abdullahi Adamu is meant for the Northcentral.
Lukman had earlier warned against the emergence of Ganduje in a letter to the president.
In his letter of resignation, he said, his resignation which he termed “immediate effect” became “necessary given my conviction that the atmosphere in the party is completely at variance with the founding vision of forming a progressive party.
“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,” he said.
The APC would in few weeks hold its NEC meeting, and all things being equal could ratify Ganduje as its next chairman.