Human rights activist and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Celestine AkpoBari, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and also quit partisan politics.
In a terse statement he issued in Port Harcourt, earlier on Wednesday, the foremost human and environmental activist, debunked reports that his decision to quit the APC and partisan politics had something to do with current upheavals in the APC in Rivers State. Rather he stated that his latest decision was to enable him focus on his primary occupation, being to fight for human and environmental rights, and focus on his academics. “I had contemplated for sometimes, to leave politics and face squarely my human rights activism, and also push forward my academics.
Continuing to combine them with politics was doing serious injury to my passion for people’s rights and the wellbeing of our environment. My hunger to pursue further studies in my chosen field suffered intolerable hiccup that I could no longer accept. That I decided to action that decision now should not be interpreted in partisan prism. My commitment to human and environmental rights, and my education remain the core driving force in reaching this decision. So, it has nothing to do with APC or any other party. And it takes immediate effect.”
Comrade AkpoBari, who had communicated his decision to the leadership of his former party, APC, wished them well, saying that though it was a “hard decision to reach”, he averred that it was the best thing to do at this time.”