Abubakar Suleiman, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, has revealed he dumped the the All Progressives Congress Party over persecution.
According to Suleiman, he and his supporters were “persecuted and sidelined” in the affairs of the APC, adding that the party was fictionalized.
Daily Report Nigeria can recall that the Bauchi House of Assembly Speaker announced he had dumped the APC to join the Peoples Democratic Party during a Ramadan breaking of fast (Iftar) dinner hosted by Governor Bala Mohammed, on Saturday.
In a statement on Monday by his Spokesperson, Abdul Burra, Sulaiman is said to have disclosed his reason for leaving the APC in a letter addressed to the party Chairman of Guda Ward of Ningi Local Government area of the state.
The statement titled “Serial persecution: Bauchi Speaker tenders resignation letter to APC, obtains PDP membership card,” read;
“It’s a well-known fact that getting a speakership position has been one of the lifetime dreams of my Emirate, Ningi. People of my constituency gave me their mandate to represent them and subsequently asked me to pursue their dream of producing Speaker from Ningi.
“I can’t be bigger than my constituency and no interest should be superior to that of my constituents. Thus, I pursued the dream of my constituents and as Almighty Allah willed it, we got it against all odds.
“Since my election as Speaker, the party sidelined me from its activities and meted various forms of persecution on me and my supporters. Despite these, I remained loyal and committed to the party and continued contributing financially to the Party and attending its functions and meetings even if they didn’t invite me. Sometimes I would only get notice of party meetings from my colleagues, but I would still attend.
“It got to the level that I was removed as the Chairman of the stakeholders of the party in Ningi LG and replaced with someone who barely knows the local government and the party. Through that, they made sure any Party member loyal to me is edged out from the leadership or mainstream activities of the party.
“We should quit the party and join the PDP to consolidate on the unprecedented development being executed in Ningi Local Government and all parts of the State by the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, His Excellency Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad.”
The speaker has since obtained a membership card of the PDP from Guda Ward of Ningi Local Government, pledging to work for the success of the party at all levels.