I’m going back to trenches, ex-APC NWC member, Lukman dumps party

Lukman said in a statement he issued in Abuja Wednesday, June 12, titled: “APC and The Future of Nigerian Democracy: Letter to Selected APC Leaders,’ he will be going back to trenches to mobilise against the ruling party in 2027 General elections.

The APC chieftain had severally called for certain reforms and the need to hold regular meetings of the party organs.

The former national vice chairman (North-west) hinged his decision on the lack of internal democracy and inability of the leadership of the party to allow the much needed reforms within the party.

The former Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) in the statement however failed to disclose his next destination.

He said: “Given all this, it is possible to remain in APC if at all President Tinubu will allow internal reform in the party to return it to its founding vision, which as it is, is very remote. But my reality now in the party is that my membership has been rendered useless and there is no need for me to continue to impose myself.

“I have therefore gone back to the trenches and will try to work with all committed Nigerians who agree and subscribe to the goal of actively campaigning for the survival and development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We must grow our democracy to the point whereby elected representatives at all levels are accountable to the party and it is possible for Nigerians represented by various interests to develop strong relationship with political parties and elected governments based on which policies of governments can be made to reflect wider interests of Nigerians.

“I am confident that a strong democracy with functional political parties is possible in Nigeria. I am also confident that in our lifetime we can produce governments that are truly capable of making the lives of Nigerians better. I don’t expect party leaders will agree with my decision. I believe that eventually, we will be united will all party leaders and other Nigerians who are committed to developing Nigerian democracy.”

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