Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, Alhaji Zakari Jikantoro has resigned his position from the party.
He announced his resignation on Friday August 4th 2023, in Minna, after briefing the state party executive members of the resolutions taken at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
Jikantoro said his decision to resign as the chairman of the party was voluntarily, and in the best interest of the party.
He said that his resignation had nothing to do with what transpired at the NEC meeting.
“I on my own humbly and voluntarily wish to resign my position as the chairman of APC in Niger.
“This is the reason why I invited the media to come and cover the meeting.
“I don’t have issues with my colleagues, here we are seated, you can see the special adviser on politics to the governor here seated.
“I have made wide consultations before taking this decision. It is by way of adding value to the party.
“So, there is no crisis like people will think, no fighting, it is just a voluntary resignation,” he said.
He said that what happened on Thursday at the NEC meeting and what was happening in the state, had nothing to do with his decision to resign.
Jikantoro said that the Zonal Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Bobi would act as the party chairman until a substantive chairman was elected.
In an interview, Bobi promised to strengthen and revive the party.
Also speaking, Alhaji Nma Kolo, Special Adviser, Political to the Governor, said that there was no division between the chairman and the party.
Kolo added that the party chairman summoned a meeting with officials of the state government where he broke the news of his resignation.
He said after much deliberation, Gov. Umar Bago of Niger accepted his resignation, adding that his resignation will add value to the party.
Credit: NAN/National Accord