By James Shim
The former gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Dr Jeffrey Kuraun in Benue State has rejoined the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Kuraun resigned from the SDP on the grounds that the party is not a veritable platform to help him actualise his desire to render service to his people.
His resignation letter contained on his personal letter headed paper dated 30th June as accessed by The Voice Politics was acknowledged in receipt by the SDP Chairman, Mbatyough Ward of Vandeikya Local Government Area.
Dr Kuraun in an exclusive chat with The Voice Politics said, “the decision to resign my membership of the SDP is not for myself but for the people I seek to serve. This is why I took time before arriving at this logical decision to leave the SDP and go back to my family (the APC) like a prodigal son. I believe that the APC is the only party at the moment that will provide an opportunity for me to serve the good people of Benue and Nigeria at large.
“It is true that I have resigned my membership. What I am saying is that, if I should have an opportunity to serve I will go with the party that will give me the platform. At this moment the SDP will not provide me that opportunity.
“I have rejoined the APC. I don’t have to do it elaborately.I believe the APC is the only party now that will give me the opportunity to serve the people of Benue and Nigeria at large”.
According to the former governorship aspirant, his decision was logical because it took him time, wide and intensive consultations with his supporters to arrive at.
“The reason is that I did not just do it for myself but the people I seek to serve. It took me some time to arrive at that logical decision. I have gone back to my family which is the first party I joined. the only reason I left APC that time was to have a level playing field, and an opportunity to serve the people of Benue and Nigeria at large.
“Like I said, it is like the prodigal son. It was the first party I joined in partisan Politics”
He disabused the minds of those who may want to refer to him as an inconsistent politician noting that, “there is nothing like inconsistency in Politics.
The only reason we move to other platforms is to have a platform to serve and there is no individual candidacy in Nigeria”.
“I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. There were even other parties that I could have gone to but I chosed the SDP because they gave me the ticket”
“There is hardly any politician today that has not gone through different political parties. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. My supporters understand that.I consulted with them widely before I took the logical decision.”
Kuraun however added that he had good experience in the SDP because there was understanding between him and so many members of the party even amidst challenges of Court cases and errors on the side of the party.
“I might have stepped on so many toes but all we should focus on now is to see how we can salvage our country. What we can do to contribute to the development of our state. For me that is my focus”
And I pray for leaders so that God will give them the enablement to salvage the situation in the country. Now partisan Politics is over, people should be profering solutions to our common problems not on the basis of party affiliations”, he advised.