A founding member of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Tom Ikimi, has withdrawn his membership of the party.
He said he ceased from being a member of the party from tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
The former minister of external affairs stated this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Tuesday.
He however did not say if he would join the Peoples Democratic Party, but merely said he was studying the other political parties in the country.
He said, “I am at the stage of currently critically re-examining the two dominant political parties in our country, which are the APC and the PDP, in both of which I have had close working knowledge.
“I have not ignored the other political parties but in the light of the foregoing, I must now search to really ascertain where indeed my true political friends exist.
“I need to be, at this time of my life where I have friends who share a common vision with me and where my freedom, respect, honour and dignity would be guaranteed.
“Notwithstanding, my enormous contributions over the past 12 years or so to building the alternative platform, after very deep thought and the widest consultations, I have made the decision to withdraw my membership from the All Progressives Congress from today, Wednesday 27th August 2014.”, he said.
Earlier in response to any inquiry on whether the former Foreign Affairs Minister was pleased to be named as a member of the APC’s BoT, a close confidant angrily told our editor on telephone: “anything they like let them use and bribe him. We’re releasing a statement on his next line of action, BoT or not”.
“He doesn’t make empty statements; he will write it and document it well for history. It will be there for you to pick. He has not made any statement”, he said.
It was however gathered that within the week the first national chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention Party (NRC) will issue an official statement on his position in his second public response to crisis within the APC.
Ikimi, in his official response to the outcome of the party’s national convention, attributed his grouse with the party to the tyrannical approach to leadership by some of the leaders of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu whom he accused of running the APC as a personal estate.