The Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC). Addressing reporters in Kaduna on Monday, Baba-Ahmed said he had already sent his resignation letter to the party chairman of his ward.

He described his decision to leave APC as a difficult one, saying he took it after due consultation with members of his Akida faction of APC in Kaduna, adding that the APC government had under-performed in the country.

“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to chairman of my ward.

“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped to form and made my humble contributions to put in power.

“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continue membership.

“I do not believe in all conscience that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019.

“I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision and mine alone . It has nothing to do with the president of the senate Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“It’s a decision taken after due consultations with Akida Group, a group that has predated my appointment as Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate.

“I will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging our nation from rising insecurity, poverty and bitter divisions,” he said.

Baba-Ahmed was one time Kaduna Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and was also at a time the interim Chairman of APC in Kaduna state.

He was formerly a Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He was appointed by Saraki as Chief of Staff in 2017.