A key member of the opposition Union of Forces for Change (UFC), Mr. Djovi Gally, on Tuesday announced his resignation from the party saying, 'I no longer have a place in this party'.
'I have decided to quit the party with immediate effect,' Gally, a former spokesman for UFC led by Gilchrist Olympio, said in a communiqué released in Lomé.
He accused the UFC of 'condoning the scrapping of constitutional and institutional reforms, while campaigning for the organisation of parliamentary elections in the most suspicious conditions'.
Gally added that the UFC now appears to be an appendage of the ruling Togolese People's Rally/Union for the Republic alliance which had been imprisoning leaders of the democratic opposition.
Gally, a lawyer and human rights activist, who joined the UFC in 2008, resigned his position as spokesman and political adviser of UFC on 12 August 2012, following his disagreement with a 26 May 2010 agreement with the ruling party under which UFC joined the government.
In May 2010, Olympio decided to join the government against the will of the national bureau of the UFC. The party split into two with Olympio leading one group while Jean-Pierre Fabre, former UFC secretary general, formed the National Alliance for Change.