By Osaretin Ekiadolor
Ahead of the 2013 Area Council election in the FCT, a member, Board of Trustees of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP ,also a founding member of the party in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Isah Yahaya has resigned his membership of the party as well as its Board of Trustees, BOT .
Yahaya who made his resignation known through a letter addressed to the Chairman of the party did not offer specific reasons for his resignation but told reporters that the party has failed to stabilize; move forward or maintain a viable opposition status in the FCT.
“I Yahaya Isah, a founding member of All Nigeria Peoples Party ANPP FCT Abuja and four time chairmanship Candidate of the ANPP in Bwari Area Council, presently member of the National Board of Trustees BOT representing the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja for obvious reasons, hereby, formally resign as member of the Board of Trustees and consequently, resign my membership from the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP” his resignation letter said.
Speaking to reporters, Isa said his resignation from the party would enable him move forward in his political career. He pointed out that it was also in response to pressure from members of the party who trust in his leadership and demanded he aligns himself with a platform from which he can make a significant difference in the lives of the people of Bwari.
According to him politics is a game of numbers and with the opinion of the followership , it would amount to political suicide if he ignores the demand of his followers who have entrusted him with their confidence to lead them politically.
“My system of politics in any circumstance goes with peoples’ opinion. Anything I do has to represent the view and the interest of the people. And at the same time, if you see the way the ANPP has been going in the past 13 years all my contemporaries with whom we established the ANPP in Abuja are still in the party. The party could neither move forward nor stabilize; the party could not even maintain its status as a viable opposition, yet it is not a ruling party,”Yahaya said.
“In my mind, if the party is not a ruling party, it ought to take its place as a viable opposition that would rival the ruling party with a view to making live improve for the people for and development of the society. A situation where the party fails to be any of these ,then you can see that there is a problem. That is why ANPP continues to drag down and down,”he said
“As a leader with a passion for the development of the society especially my constituency, Bwari Area Council, I should have some responsibility to offer to my people and if the ANPP is not giving that room .it is on the strength of that confidence that I have to seek an alternative platform ,” he averred.