A fresh crisis may soon hit the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) following its decision to appoint a former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, as its spokesman.
Mr. Abdullahi, who was one of the shining lights under the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan administration and a loyalist of Senate President Bukola Saraki, reportedly received his letter of appointment to assume work on his new role in the APC as Director of Publicity.
The position of National Publicity Secretary of APC became vacant about a year ago following the appointment of Lai Mohammed as Minister of Information and Culture.
However, a legal hurdle may be placed on the path of the APC by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, who has threatened legal actions against the party, should it go ahead to appoint the former minister as spokesman.
Although, a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to discuss the issue of Bolaji’s appointment failed to hold yesterday, the former minister was sighted at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Reacting to the issue, Mr. Frank, who has been vocal in his criticism of the national leadership of the APC and believed to have worked to be appointed as the party’s acting spokesman, said the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, lacked the powers to appoint Abdullahi or any other person for that matter, acting National Publicity Secretary.
He insisted that going by the constitution of the APC, following the elevation of Mr. Mohammed to Minister of Information and Culture, he automatically assumed the position of acting spokesman of the governing party.
“If they don’t follow due process, I will take the party to court. I will have no other option than to go to court to ask if the party, NWC or national chairman has any power to appoint anybody as acting national publicity secretary, or whatever name they want to call it, to speak for the party”, Frank said, adding “As far as I’m concerned, it is not their business”.
“I understand that they might call him any kind of name. He might be appointed by the national chairman or the NWC. I don’t know who will do that. It might take place anytime from now. I want to let you know that I’m still in charge as acting national publicity secretary of this party, whether anybody likes it or not. Nobody, appointed by Oyegun in the name of APC, can speak for the APC”, he insisted.
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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