‘Suspended’ Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Timi Frank has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order an immediate investigation of a report alleging that the national leadership of the party was bribed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki to pave way for Thursday’s emergence of his ally, Bolaji Abdulahi as the substantive spokesman of the party.
This was even as Frank threatened to sue Abdullahi for contempt of court should he assume his new office and begins to speak for the partyAbdullahi, a former Minister of Sports and Youths Development was appointed the new spokesman of the ruling party on Thursday at the North Central Zonal Congress of the party which held in Abuja.
Frank was declared ‘suspended’ by the South South zone of the party for granting press interviews in which he was alleged to have made some disparaging comments about the national chairman. However, speaking with journalists Friday in his Maitama, Abuja residence, Frank described the zonal congress as a meeting of North Central friends of APC saying non of the decisions taken there could stand legal scrutiny when juxtaposed with the party’s constitutional provisions. “Another act of impunity has been executed once more by my party and the National Chairman. Those people behind what took place yesterday (Thursday) know the truth; they know what they did yesterday will not stand the test of time.
“I can assure you, Oyegun cannot retire me from politics. He’s my father, he’ll go before me. “No meeting was held by any caucus of the party. I read online that my Chairman compromised his conscience. “We have to investigate the allegation that Oyegun collected N10 million and a jeep to conduct the zonal convention held on Friday. “The President must direct security agencies to investigate this allegation against the National Chairman”, he urged.
An online portal, Sahara Reporters had in a news report accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of compromising some members of the party’s National Working Committee NWC in order to ensure that Mr Abdullahi was made the party’s spokesman.
Neither the chairman nor the party has officially reacted the allegation which went viral on Friday in Abuja.
I will charge Abdullahi for contempt if he speaks for APC. Frank also warned Mr Abdullahi not to fall into the temptation of speaking for the party, saying he risks being taken to court for contempt. “I will describe what they did yesterday as committee of friends of the North Central; Bolaji Abdulahi is not yet the publicity secretary of APC; he is a nominee till the National Convention ratifies his position.
“I respect Bolaji so much but we should not be desperate to occupy political positions. It is only the National Convention that can ratify his position as substantive National Publicity Secretary. “I want to appeal to the media not to take any statement yet from Bolaji Abdullahi because his position has not been ratified by the National Convention. If he does, I will charge him for contempt of court”, he vowed.