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By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— Former Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, has emerged as the substantive National Publicity Secretary of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Abdullahi was nominated at a hurriedly-arranged mini-congress of the North Central zone of the party which held in Abuja, yesterday.
Vanguard had on October 24 exclusively exposed plans by the party to shut out its ‘suspended’ Deputy Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, and appoint Abdullahi in his stead.
However, the appointment could not immediately be ratified by the leadership of the party, following concerns raised by Mr Frank that the planned appointment could only be legally made during a national convention of the party.
Speaking after his emergence, Abdullahi said his brief was different from that of his predecessor, Lai Mohammed, saying his style of operation would, therefore, be different.
He said: “The position of the spokesperson of the ruling party is an entirely different assignment from my former position as the Minister of Sports. They all demand different approaches.”
I remain APC spokesman —Timi Frank
Meanwhile, Timi Frank in a statement issued immediately after the congress, said he was still the authentic spokesman of the party and not Mr Abdullahi.
Both Frank and Abdullahi belong to the same Atiku/Saraki camp in the APC.
Frank, who reiterated his earlier position that he was not against the person of the former minister, however said: “The process to become an authentic spokesman should be followed.”
He added that only the National Convention of the party could ratify such appointments and not a zonal congress.
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