Najatu Muhammad, director of the Civil Society directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, dumped the party ahead of the 2023 general election.
He announced his resignation in a letter dated January 19, 2023 and addressed to Senator Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Chairman.
Muhammed, who is a national commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC), said the challenges facing Nigeria require him to continue to uphold the fight for a better country with a clear conscience.
He attributed his withdrawal from party politics to recent events in the country’s political and democratic space.
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The letter reads: “In accordance with Article 9.5(i) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Constitution, I am writing to inform you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Through this letter I also inform you of my resignation as Director of the Civil Society Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
“It has been a great honor working with you to contribute to the construction of our beloved nation. However, a series of recent events in the political and democratic space of the country prevent me from continuing to participate in party politics.
“The challenges facing Nigeria today require that I continue to uphold the fight for a better country with a clear conscience while remaining utterly loyal to my beloved country Nigeria.
“Kindly accept my sincere thanks for your leadership as APC President.”
In a separate statement released on Saturday, the activist said she has abandoned partisan politics as the parties have no ideological differences.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided to separate myself from party politics. I have realized that my values and beliefs no longer align with party politics. Our political parties have no ideological differences and are simply robes worn by politicians to serve their personal needs and interests at any given time. As a result of which we see politicians switch from one robe to another when it suits them.”
He hinted that he would rather support individual politicians than support political parties.
“What is important right now is the individual wearing the robe and not the robe itself. I am committed to supporting people who are genuinely interested in addressing the root causes of our challenges as a nation. To remain faithful to such commitments, one must be willing to take bold and decisive steps.
“Leaving party politics right now is one of those steps. We all recognize that Nigeria faces many challenges, including insecurity, poverty, inequality, and lack of access to basic services. Such challenges require the consolidated efforts of competent and patriotic leadership at all levels of government.
“Nigerians need to be aware of the gravity of their situation following the unfortunate leadership failures the country has experienced over the years. Nigerians need to be aware of the consequences of their decisions and choices. Therefore, restricting the choice of one to a single political party will be detrimental to the development of our country and our democracy.”
Muhammad is known for taking a critical stance on issues.
In November, he called for the prosecution of the first lady, Aisha Buhari, for the detention of a senior student at Dutse Federal University, Aminu Mohammed.
The student was arrested by plainclothes police officers and tortured after criticizing the first lady on Twitter.