In a statement personally signed by him and dated January 19, 2021, Prof Alkali stated that his resignation came after exhaustive consultations and deliberations with members of his family, his immediate constituency and some key stakeholders in the country.
“I wish to use this opportunity to inform the general public, my friends and other notable Nigerians that I have resigned my membership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). My decision came as a result of some personal reasons and in furtherance of my conscious and determined efforts to make effective and meaningful contributions to the progress and advancement of my State, Gombe State, indeed my country, Nigeria”.
Professor Alkali also stated that the decision came at a very high cost, due to sacrifices and contributions made by him and other members of his team to groom and nurture the SDP in Gombe State and the North East sub-Region.
“It is important to state here that, it was not an easy decision to make because of the enormous contributions and sacrifices we made as a team to reposition the SDP in Gombe State and the North East sub-Region”.
He however stated that his next political moves or political party to belong to will soon be communicated to the public in due course.
“All politics is local and as a grass-root politician, I am still talking with my people on our next political moves or political party to join. I wish to however state that, my decision in this regard will soon be communicated”
Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, a Professor of Political Science, was the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Political Adviser to the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
He contested as National Chairman of the PDP in 2012 and Deputy National Chairman, North, in 2016.
He was also a Governorship aspirant of the PDP in Gombe State in 2011 and in 2019, he contested for the same office on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Prof Rufa’i Ahmed Alkali who served as Honourable Commissioner in four different Ministries under several Governors in Gombe State was also a two time Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.
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