👤 By Abdul Tukur
Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has resigned his position.
The spokesperson for the ruling party who has had to “endure flagrant usurpation” of his role said he was stepping down and cancelling his membership from the party with immediate effect.
Senior lawmakers including the Senate President Bukola Saraki recently left the APC following clashes they have had with the Executive.
Mallam Abdullahi, a loyalist of Senator Saraki had just re-contested to retain his seat.
He won the election by a clear margin.
Announcing his resignation, Mallam Abdullahi said: In the last few days I have had to endure the flagrant usurpation of my role as a spokesman of the party in a manner that i consider unbefiting of a ruling party and inconsistent with my ethical standards.”
“However, in a situation whereby my loyalty is constantly brought into question; my subordinates deployed to subvert my office; and my views constantly second-guessed on the basis of my political affiliation, it has become imperative for me to review my position.
“In view of recent political developments in the country and within the All Progressives Congress (APC), I have decided to resign my position as the National Publicity Secretary as well as my membership of the party with effect from today.”
Mallam Abdullahi explained further that the party leaders had taken an “oath not to allow personal interest interfere with our official responsibility.
However, he said that the “unlawful” dissolution of the “validly elected excos in Kwara state chapter showed the “NWC of the APC had taken sides, violated its office and subverted its own credibility as an impartial arbiter.
“Yet, these are the same people that have continued to insinuate that others are serving interests other than those of the party.
“Politics is local, and my personal stake in the issue of Kwara makes it incongruous for me to continue to sit as part of the working committee of the party. Clearly, I cannot continue to function as the spokesman of a party whose expectations of that role is incompatible with my personal principles.
“In the same token, I can no longer justify to myself that I should remain in a party which has now made it clear to the world that the political group that I belong is no longer wanted, and which has hung my membership of that group as an albatross around my neck.”