The lingering crisis within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP has taken a new twist as factional Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje on Tuesday resigned his position as Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation Governing Board.
Baraje said he was quitting the position in order to give him room and time to manage his own faction of PDP adequately and avoid any insinuation or plot to use the appointment of his NRC Chairmanship to blackmail or embarrass him in future.
In a letter titled : “Letter of Gratitude and Resignation of Appointment as Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation Governing Board” addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the factional PDP chairman said:
“I hasten to express my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, through your good office for the confidence he placed in my ability to have appointed me to such an exalted position as Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation.
“His Excellency, Mr. President, will recall that this appointment came from his discretion in allotting some positions to our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). However, it is no longer news that there is an ongoing disagreement in principle between some top stakeholders of our party of which I am among on the one hand and the current leadership of the party on the other,” it stated.
Adding: “This quagmire has upturned my belief in the present leadership of our great party and has consequently made my continued stay as the Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation Governing Board uncomfortable.
“Realizing that the position of the Nigeria Railway Corporation Chairmanship was allocated to the party and of which I am supposed to symbolize, I would appreciate if your good office could please convey to His Excellency, Mr. President, of my intention to relinquish this position with immediate effect because I can no longer represent the interest of the party whose leadership I no longer believe in.”