The Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters (House of Reps) Suleiman Abdulrahman Sumaila has lamented the defection of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to other parties.
About 200, 000 aspirants of the party in Kano state left the APC and joined other parties on Monday.
And while reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Sumaila noted that the defection is a great loss to the ruling APC.
“I must say that for us to lose such people at this time, it is really a great political loss,” he said.
“It is highly regrettable that leaders of the party allowed things to go the way they did.
“I am pained beyond imagination over this sad development, but in democracy, everybody has the right of choice. It is their right, which they have exercised.
“APC was formed to provide level playing ground for Nigerians, but it was taken over by money bag and power-drunk politicians.
“Internal democracy is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I believe despite what happened during the primaries, there was still room to make amends.”
He added that “the party leadership seemed to have done very little to stop this kind of situation.
“You can’t treat people unjustly and expect them to fold their hands and look at you. We are all witnesses to the way the primaries were conducted in Kano State.
“There is need for us to follow the rules we set for ourselves in conducting our affairs.
“We can only achieve the objectives of APC if we build our house with solid foundation. Nigerians should not be taken for granted.”