Ghali Umar Na’Abba, a former speaker of the house of representatives, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Na’Abba conveyed his resignation from the ruling party in a letter addressed to APC chairman of Sharada ward in Kano state.
The former speaker cited “crass” incompetence and lack of vision among other factors as reasons he dumped the ruling party.
“This is to notify you of my resolve to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), effective today 5th December 2018,” the letter read.
“My decision to resign from the party follows the cavalier manner in which both the federal government, states controlled by the APC and the APC itself are being run, as a result of which anybody who has eyes to see only sees doom and not prosperity for our dear country.”
The former lawamker said the lack of simple management skills is reason the APC lost Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives.
“It is a measure of the incompetence of the APC government that after all is said and done, it has lost a senate president and a speaker of the house of representatives and many others for reasons that border on meanness, lack of simple management skills and capacities and a great measure of arrogance,” he said.
“While it is generally accepted that no human organisation can be rancour-free, it is disheartening that these conflicts in the party are inflicted by its leaders, some of whom can be said to be poorer in human qualities than the poorest of men.”
Na’Abba accused some unnamed party leaders of snatching “away the political rights of the people.”
“Under these conditions no person can be politically mobile except he becomes a sycophant, it becomes necessary for me to speak up. This I did many times, unfortunately only to be met with complicit silence,” he said.
Na’Abba was speaker of the lower legislative chamber from 1999 to 2003.