By Emma Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”FORMER Head of State and two-time presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has formally resigned from the party.
His resignation was contained in a letter dated January 30, 2010, titled â€œWithdrawal of my membership of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPPâ€ and addressed to the ANPP National Secretary, Senator Saidu Kumo.
Buhari said in the letter that was submitted to the Special Assistant to Kumo at the ANPP secretariat, yesterday, that his decision to quit ANPP was due to fundamental and irreconcilable ideological differences between himself and the leadership of the party.
The letter read in part: â€œOn April15, in the year 2002, I joined the All Peoples Party, APP, which was later to transform into the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. As at that time, the threat to the proper development of our nascent democracy as posed by the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had already become apparent.
I, therefore, opted for the political party which presented to me the best avenue for making my modest input towards the development and sustenance of Democracy in our country Nigeria.
â€œIn 2003 and 2007, I had the privilege of flying the Partyâ€™s flag as its presidential candidate in the two general elections. I am, and shall remain grateful to the Party for the confidence reposed in me by the opportunity to represent its interest on those occasions. The events of those electoral efforts are common knowledge to my fellow citizens of this great nation, and the international community.
â€œHowever, since 2007, there have emerged some fundamental and irreconcilable ideological differences between the leadership of the Party and myself, as a result of which the vast majority of the membership have been sidelined in the scheme of things pertaining to the Party.
This has substantially eroded my capacity to render any meaningful service to our country through the platform of the party. It is as a result of the above that I have taken the painful decision of withdrawing my membership of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, with effect from Monday, February 1, 2010.â€
Indications to Buhariâ€™s resignation from ANPP emerged after the December 12, 2008 Supreme Court ruling of the 2007 presidential election, when Buhari told journalists that his political future would be determined by his supporters and associates.
Buhari said: â€œSincerely, I regret that I have to leave this party in which I have received and enjoyed tremendous love and support from many. But this decision has been taken in the greater interest of our fatherland.
It is my desire that I and my friends and supporters in the ANPP continue to share that same love and friendship with the hope that we may still work together politically in the near future, to achieve that same patriotic objective of establishing internal democracy in our political parties, sustainable democracy in the polity, and restoring our dear nation to its pride of place in the committee of nations.â€