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APC Vice-Chairman Salihu Lukman Resigns

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The National Vice Chairman (North West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman, has resigned from the position.

Lukman’s resignation was in protest over speculations that former Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, should be named APC’s National Chairman.

In a letter dated July 26, Lukman said the current atmosphere within APC was not in tandem with the vision of the founding fathers.

The letter was addressed to the APC National Working Committee, NWC-led by the acting National Chairman, Abubakar Kyari.

“I hereby kindly resign my position as national vice chairman, north-west of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC),” the letter reads.

“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.

“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 Asiwaiu Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it is better to excuse myself and take time off from politics.

However, Lukman said he will retain his membership of the party.

“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.

“I wish the party and all our leaders, especially President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu all the best and will continue to give my modest support towards the success of the party from the background.”

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Lukman had warned APC against replacing the former National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu with Ganduje.

He said it would be suicidal to replace Adamu with Ganduje.

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