In a move that is bound to revive speculations that all is not well within the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, the party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, has carpeted the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over his comment that it would be difficult to get someone to fill the position of national publicity secretary of the party.
Mr. Oyegun had said on Monday at a press briefing to announce his resumption of duties after taking 10 days leave to rest that all arrangements had been concluded to conduct congresses through which a substantive spokesperson for the party would emerge.
He said: “The issue is getting somebody that can be as close as possible to the outstanding performance of the present Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed”.
Mr. Mohammed was the APC spokesman until his appointment as minister.
But Frank, in a statement Wednesday, said he disagreed with Oyegun with regards to the replacement of Mohammed.
He described the statement as “reckless, baseless and unwarranted”.
He said, “I am the deputy national publicity secretary of the party and as such can act in the absence of the national publicity secretary. I am also qualified to act as a substantive publicity secretary of the party”.
He said the statement was “malicious, insulting and meant to discredit my person as well as the party, by saying it is difficult to fill the office from the present calibre of party men and women we have”.
Frank also said “As a good party man, Chief Odigie-Oyegun ought to have informed the public about the next convention date to fill all vacancies”, and not use the medium to discredit him and the party.
“I like to use this medium to call on him to retrieve the statement and desist from making further malicious statements in the future”, Frank said.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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