A former Commissioner for Information and Tourism in Imo State, Prof Vitalis Ajumbe, has resigned from his membership in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a letter addressed to the Governor of Imo Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Ajumbe said he will no longer be involved in partisan politics.
The former said his decision to dump the APC and quit partisan politics was due to the poor reward system of the national leadership of the ruling party.
He stated that the ruling party has failed to reward him with a befitting appointment despite his huge sacrifices, as well as financial and moral support to the development of the APC.
Ajumbe said he had only benefited from several ministerial and board appointments during the administration of former Governor Rochas Okorocha in 2015 based on merit and roles he played to ensure the ex-governor was re-elected.
The letter partly read, “Your Excellency, for the assignments you gave to me, you made it difficult for us to meet so as to submit my reports. You had invited me on several occasions to come to Owerri for a meeting with you. I would spend my money on flight tickets, hotel accommodations and other logistics and spend weeks in hotels without meeting you. I have spent over N5 million of my personal money trying to keep to our appointments that never held.
“Your Excellency, I am deciding that, instead of spending my money so, to remain aloof or leave APC and party politics. I have known that those who suffer for the APC do not get rewarded at last. On 25th of May, 2021, I was appointed and inaugurated as a member of the APC and Presidential Think Tank Committee by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni who was then National Chairman of the APC on behalf of President Buhari. This position is more of advisory and image laundering and without salary.
“As an elder at 62 years of age now, my wants are limited. I only work for the good governance of Imo state for my children and those unborn and Imo people. With the level of my national contacts which I have accumulated over the years, I can get my wants without being a member of any political party.
“I want to remain a political consultant for those who know my value. As an elder statesman of this state, Imo, who desires its progress, I am always ready, if called upon, to assist in any way, free of charge, to add value to your administration that will give my state(Imo) good governance”.