Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has finally announces his decision to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku in a statement said after leaving APC, he will take his time to consider his political future.
The former vice president said while other parties are purging themselves of arbitrariness and unconstitutionality, APC is instituting a regime of draconian clampdown on all forms of internal democracy within the party.
Complaining that he has been sidelined by some forces in APC, Atiku said he took the decision after consultations with his family, God, friends and supporters.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said the exit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from APC, will not affect the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential poll.
The party leadership, according to the governor, knew that Atiku will leave the party next month, but said it is better he leave before the scheduled time
The governor, who is a top APC stalwart, spoke on Atiku’s decision while answering questions from the State House correspondents after joining Buhari at the Jumat prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
Describing Atiku as a serial defector and presidential candidate, el-Rufai said that no APC state governor, including Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa state will join him in quiting the party.