The All Progressives Congress member of the House of Representatives, Musa Soba, on Wednesday carried out his threat to leave the party by resigning his membership.
Soba, who is from Kaduna State, is one of the over 70 aggrieved APC lawmakers, who protested their loss of return tickets but lost at the appeal panel of the APC.
Soba’s resignation letter was read to members on the floor in Abuja by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. The lawmaker told his colleagues that his next political party would be disclosed soon.
Soba, who was furious, accused the party in his resignation letter of deceiving and defrauding him. Dogara described the letter as “an epistle” before reading it.
meanwhile the All Progressives Congress has said the disapproval being expressed by some of its senior party officials over the party’s primaries was a result of their failure to have their way during the exercise.
The party said it was public knowledge that some of its highly placed members were not only taking their loss at the polls very badly, but that they were looking for those to blame for their woes.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, made the claims in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday. He spoke specifically about the reactions of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu.
He alleged that Amosun was embittered because his attempt to impose a candidate on the people, using undemocratic means, failed. The party spokesperson described the case in Ogun State as a straightforward one.
Responding to aspersions cast on the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, the APC spokesman described it as unfortunate.