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FORMER SPEAKER NA’ABBA DUMPS PDP
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba, has dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Na’Abba, who made known his exit through a resignation letter dated March 15 accused President Goodluck Jonathan of reducing governance to a ridiculous level and splitting the country along ethnic and religious lines.
The former Speaker who led the lower legislative house during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration addressed his resignation letter to the chairman of the PDP Sharada Ward in Kano Municipal local government area.
The letter, which was titled “Notification of resignation from PDP, each organs and committees.” was also copied to the PDP chairman in Kano, national vice chairman, North West Zone, , national chairman, and chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BOT.
Na’Abba stated that President Jonathan and other leaders of the PDP, who have ruled Nigeria since 1999, were responsible for putting the country in in a bad situation.
“The country’s and the party’s leadership have become cabalised to the extent that while Nigerians are aware that they have a President in the person of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, they are at the same time at a loss as to who governs their country. Both Nigeria and the PDP are left to drift. In the sixteen years the party has been ruling at the center, the party’s leadership has failed to lead by example,” he wrote.
His harshest criticism was reserved for President Jonathan. “No administration has used religion and ethnicity to divide Nigerians more than the current administration under the leadership of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan,” the former Speaker stated.
“You are no doubt aware of the abysmal level to which the leadership of our great country under President Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party have reduced governance to, as a result of which our great party has been losing its sons and daughters including so many of its founding fathers and members by the day,” he said further.
Na’Abba lamented that all efforts of critical members and fathers of the party to offer advice had always been unheeded alleging that majority of the founding fathers that had died such as S. M. Afolabi, Muhammad Abubakar Rimi, Solomon Lar, Sunday Awoniyi etc all died as a result of their frustration by and with the party.
He asserted also that those who were still living like such as Alex Ekwueme, Adamu Chiroma, Shettima Mustapha, Asheikh Jarma, Victor Odili, and Isaac Shaahu were equally living with such frustration.
The former Speaker also slammed the leadership for allowing others like Atiku Abubakar, Isyaku Ibrahim, Musa Gwadabe, and two former national chairmen of the party- Audu Ogbe and Barnabas Gemade, to get frustrated to the point of leaving the party while others seized leadership.
Na’Abba equally criticised the leadership of the party for opening its doors to shady characters and allowing its vision to be hijacked by “characters of easy virtue”.
It has today become incontrovertible that cartels and shady characters are becoming visible, important and indispensable factors in Nigeria’s governance. It appears those at the helm of affairs are more comfortable with such characters of easy virtue than with patriotic and altruistic Nigerians. No doubt, in our country today, the quality of governance is going down by the day, he said.
The former lawmaker also lamented that “national institutions that unify and wield Nigerians together have been dragged into politics, contrary to wise counsel and political correctness” adding that “no administration has used religion and ethnicity to divide Nigerians more than the current administration under the leadership of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan.”
Na’Abba stated that the nation’s challenge at present is to secure a new lease of life by rejecting “this inept leadership that has neither allure nor inspiration”.
“Nigeria deserves not just a good President, good governors, and other political office holders, but true and exemplary leaders,” he observed.
“Nigeria needs leaders with a clear vision for the future. Leaders that will lead not from the back, side or front but from within. Leaders that will provide courageous and moral leadership the dearth of which has led to the weakening of political and economic institutions throughout Nigeria,” he further stated.
Although Na’Abba did not make any comments over whether he would be joining any other party, he gave indications that he has been approached and was being lobbied by other parties to join them.
It is, however, being speculated that he might soon declare for the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC.