Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said on Friday that he resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the party had failed Nigerian youths.
Atiku announced on his website that the ruling APC was a dying party that never took youths into account.
He said the future belonged to young people and that he joined the APC to facilitate a bright future for the young and old.
“The party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people; how can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.
“A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.
“I admit that I and others, who accepted the invitation to join the APC, were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage.
“Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?’’
Atiku also hinged his resignation on fractionalisation of the APC, resulting from “arbitrariness and unconstitutionality” over the years.
He said it was for the same reason that he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014.
“While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalisation, the APC has adopted the same practices.
“It has even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced,” he added.
Atiku said that after due consultations, he had resigned from the APC to take time to ponder his future.
Meanwhile, APC has said that it is yet to receive a letter of resignation from the party from former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, being reported in the media.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, made this known while reacting to the development on Friday in Abuja.
Abdullahi said that APC leadership had not seen any formal notification on the purported resignation, adding however, that based on what “we have seen in the social media, we can say that it is surprising’’.
“For us politics is all about interest; so, if the former Vice President feels that his interest is better served elsewhere, we don’t have any issues against that.
“We can always wish him good luck. For us, the task of building a political party is not a day’s job; it is a marathon.
“And, it takes many years and we will continue to improve on our system to get the kind of party we want to really build, “ Abdullahi said.