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Three days after the Director General of Progressive Governors Forum Director General resigned from office, stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress have accused some governors masterminding his resignation.

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CAPITAL POST on Monday that the Progressive Governors Forum DG, Salihu Lukman has tendered his resignation letter due to crisis in the APC occasioned by the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee to conduct the National Convention of the party to elect it’s executives.

The stakeholders operating under the aegis of APC Rebirth have accused the governor’s of being the brain behind Lukman’s resignation.

The APC Rebirth group said the governors forced the DG’s resignation in their meeting on Sunday, saying that the embattled DG openly criticize their colleague, Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee.

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They lamented the resignation of Salihu Lukman, stressing that there was nothing progressive about the governors’ action

In a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Aliyu Audu, APC Rebirth it was not unaware of the fact that the APC Governors at their meeting on Sunday orchestrated the PGF Boss resignation over his position on the state of affairs of the APC, and particularly his calls for the conduct of the national convention which is long overdue.

“Our disappointment is in the fact that a party that prides itself as a progressive party, more so governors elected under its platform, would be so intolerant to opinions that are not in agreement with their desires. We are however not in the least surprised. When we started our campaign for the rebirth of the party as a way to address the obvious nosedive occasioned by the way past and current handlers were managing affairs, we were not only barred from using the party secretariat for any of our activities, members of the group were barred from entering the secretariat.

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“Only recently, attempts were made to dissuade invited guests from attending the APC Stakeholders Summit we held at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja. Where that failed, they sent no less than 20 hoodlums to the venue to disrupt the event. In any case, they failed again.

The APC Rebirth said they aligned with Salihu Lukman’s stance, particularly that he has made some far-reaching recommendations that would make the APC to avoid booby traps, regretting that rather than heed to those recommendations, the governors forced him out of office.

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The described as illogical attempt by APC governors to stifle freedom of expression inn democratic setting.

“This is not only a sad reminder of our anti-democratic experiences, it also points to the need to elect individuals with requisite intellect and maturity who are able to embrace opposing views and extract the substance therein without recourse to any manner of a witch-hunt.

“Having now resigned his appointment, Salihu Lukam has freed himself from the shackles the position of the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum placed on him. He is now at liberty, more than ever before, to continue his constructive engagement on behalf of millions of APC members who count on the bravery and fair-mindedness of people like him.”

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