The national Chairman of the new Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, today resigned his position as chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). Mr. Baraje stated that he decided to leave the board position in order to devote more time to managing the nPDP and to avoid any scheme to use his NRC chairmanship to blackmail or embarrass him in future.
Mr. Baraje added that he no longer had confidence in the leadership of the PDP.
His decision was conveyed in what was titled, “A Letter of Gratitude and Resignation of Appointment as Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation Governing Board.” The letter was addressed to Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Personally signed by Mr. Baraje, the letter stated: “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. 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 President, of my intention to relinquish this position with immediate effect because I can no longer represent the interest of the party whose leadership I no longer believe in.”