By Ismail Auwal
The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has disclosed why resigned from his position.
SAHELIAN TIMES broke the news of his resignation broke on Monday.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Lukman confirmed his resignation and stated that he took the action to enable him to continue his criticism of the APC in order to return the party to its original vision.
He disclosed that he has sent a resignation to the PGF Chairman, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
Why I Resigned As PGF DG, Lukman Reveals
The immediate past Director-General of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman has revealed why he decided to resign from his position.
Lukman, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said he resigned due to the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to tolerate criticism and be democratic.
He advised the APC to ensure that the new executives that will be elected at the national convention will take criticism and not be dictatorial or show tyrannic posture.
The APC chieftain stated that another reason he left his position was to continue to freely hold the party accountable to the principles of internal democracy.
He said, “I can confirm that it is true I have given my resignation to Forum Chairman, His Excellency Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. I restrained myself from making any public statement on the matter because I am still awaiting acceptance.
“I have privately responded to many enquiries from party leaders, friends, family members and clarified that it is true that my decision to resign my position is to enable me to continue with the campaign to return APC to its founding vision, which is to build a party that is not only democratic but oriented based on social democratic principles.”
Lukman disclosed that before the 2019 elections, some party chieftains in their bid to become candidates of the party became tyrants and caused a crisis in the party.
He added that these party stalwarts resisted every form of resolution and reconciliation, adding that organs of the party stopped meetings while party leaders became decision-makers.
He added,“Some party leaders in the bid to emerge as candidates of the party for offices became hostile. Party campaign drifted to almost war situations in many instances. Organs of the party stop meetings as required by the constitution. Views of party leaders became decisions of the party.”
“Thank God, we have a leader in President Muhammadu Buhari who disagreed with what is going on in the party and support the campaign for reform. Without going into all the details, the inspiration to setup the current Caretaker Committee came from President Buhari based on the expectation of ensuring that the drift in the party is arrested. This is expected to produce a new leadership, which should emerge at the party’s National Convention. Once the Caretaker Committee began to show sign of reluctance to organise the Convention, it should be a source of concern to all party members desirous of reform.”
Lukman is well-known for his scathing remarks about the party for which he worked, particularly its national leadership.