APC Pause On Endorsing Jonathan’s Former Minister As Party’s National Publicity Secretary

By Ikenga Chronicles November 2, 2016

The National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stepped-down a move to appoint the former Minister of Youths and Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, as the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party.

Following Lai Mohammed’s appointment as minister and the subsequent vacuum created by his exit, several intrigues began to play out suggesting that some power brokers were interested in the position.

Ordinarily, with the exit of the National Publicity Secretary, the party should have given his deputy, Timi Frank the opportunity to operate in an acting capacity till the emergence of another substantive Spokesman at a national convention, but the leadership doubted the loyalty of Frank.

Since then the party has officially delegated the Spokesman’s job to the National Secretary, Mai-Mala Buni, who plays a dual role even at the risk of not meeting up with the expectations of the job. Bolaji Abdullahi was therefore penciled down for the job.

However, a source within the leadership of the party said that the party had to back-down after realizing the legal implication of going ahead with such appointment.

“Our party’s constitution only gives the NWC powers to supervise the nomination of a replacement for the vacated national offices but the power to undertake appointment and confirmation of names for such positions actually lies with the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the national convention respectively, “ he said.

According to the source it would have amounted to acting beyond its mandate if the NWC had gone ahead to appoint the acting National Publicity Secretary, which any of the aggrieved member would have taken the advantage of to sue and embarrass the party.

It was learnt that the first meeting of the NWC summoned by the chairman to kind of ratify the choice of the new spokesman was opposed by a section of the leadership which argued that the approach did not follow due process.

The party had allegedly planned to appoint a suitable replacement for Lai Mohammed, who will operate in acting capacity pending the election of substantive person during the next national convention.

Frank had insisted that he remained the acting spokesman of the party, adding that any attempt to name a new spokesperson outside due process will lead to a legal action against the party.

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