Adamu Garba, a presidential aspirant, has removed the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from his office after failing to source N100 million for the party’s forms.
Garba, a controversial politician, had declared his intention to run for president on the ruling party’s platform, but expressed reservations when the party fixed its presidential nomination forms for N100 million.
He subsequently appealed for funds from Nigerians and was said to have realized N83 million from donations, but ultimately failed to buy the APC forms.
Garba shared the moment he removed the flag of the ruling party’s flag from his office in a video he posted on his Instagram page.
He captioned the video, “We joined APC for the sake of Nigerians, now that all is not looking straight. We have to acknowledge that only Allah is the Guarantor and Grantor of Power and Authority. He never ever give up on the betterment of human, why should I ever.
“Trusting in Him, following His Guide, we bow out of APC honorably and in peace. The flag is now down.”
Garba had earlier on Wednesday, announced his resignation from the ruling party.
Garba announced his resignation in a letter addressed to the party chairman in Karewa ward, Adamawa state.
He also published the resignation letter on his social media handles on Wednesday.
Explaining the reasons for his resignation, Garba said the APC has taken “some exclusionary practices” which are against democratic tenets.
“My resignation was due to the fact that APC as a party has lost its moral bearing and has taken to some exclusionary practices which are against standard democratic tenets,” the resignation letter reads.
“More importantly, as a young man who believes in the future of Nigeria and had high hopes in APC before now, I cannot continue to retain membership of a party that favours money beyond competency, vested interest beyond common interest, chronic elitism beyond public good, politics of exclusion beyond inclusion.
“I do not, in all honesty, sincerely and with consciousness, believe that any young man in Nigeria has a future or model worthy of emulation for the benefit of Nigeria in APC. I believe the party has drifted so much from the original beliefs of its foundation to a something more cynical, undemocratic institution.
“I further believe that the party has failed in its promises to deliver public good over the years, betrayed the public trust, and has turned out to be doing much worse than what we fought so hard to dethrone in the then PDP government.
“Worst is the issue of internal security, that the party paid more attention to propaganda media statements that listening to the yearning of the people.”
On his social media handles, Garba also published a list of persons he said donated the N83 million he got for the presidential form, and asked the donors to send their details if they wished to be refunded.