The immediate past Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, has left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Yuguda, as member of the PDP, served as minister of aviation under former President Olusegun Obasanjo and also served as governor for two terms on the platform of the party.
He briefly left the party for the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party in the run-up to the 2007 general election after he was denied the governorship ticket of the party. But he soon returned to the PDP shortly after he was elected on the platform of the ANPP.
Mr. Yuguda, who spoke to journalists in Bauchi over the telephone on Saturday said he decided to leave the PDP because the party had lost focus and presently lacked the will to bring development to Nigeria.
The PDP governed Nigeria for an unbroken 16 years beginning May 29, 1999.
It lost power to the All Progressives Congress during the 2015 general election.
Mr. Yuguda did however not disclose the political party to which he is headed, saying he was still consulting his supporters.
“Already I have told my supporters that I will not force them to leave PDP. Anybody that wants to remain in PDP is free to do so and whoever wants to move with me is welcome.
“I decided to leave PDP because the party can no longer bring development to Nigeria, it’s unfortunate that the party has lost focus,” he said.
Mr. Yuguda also prayed for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari in the discharge of his duties as president.
“We must always pray for the success of our leaders because the Holy Quran admonishes people to pray for their leaders to succeed and that is why we should pray for the success of President Buhari’s administration,” he said.
As soon as Mr. Yuguda finished speaking to the journalists, some of his supporters trooped to the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Bauchi where they publicly tore their PDP membership cards.