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BREAKING: APC spokesman resigns, dumps party

The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, has resigned his position and announced his exit from the ruling party.

He announced his resignation and departure from the ruling party in a statement signed by him on Wednesday.

In the statement, the National Publicity Secretary of APC said: “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.

“In the last few days, I have had to endure the flagrant usurpation of my role as the spokesman of the party in a manner that I consider unbefitting of a ruling party and inconsistent with my ethical standards.

The former APC spokesperson said he served the party honestly and to the best of his ability, adding that it was a keen desire to continue to do so when he contested election at the last convention.

He, however, said it became imperative for him to review his position in a situation where his loyalty was allegedly brought into question and his subordinates purportedly deployed to subvert his office.

Abdullahi said, “Since assuming office as the spokesman of the party, I have tried to set a new template for public political communications in a way that departs from the vulgar abuse and verbal aggression of the recent past, where cheap lies and crude propaganda were normalised as politics, and even celebrated as measures of competence.

“Unfortunately, those who felt I was not ‘forceful enough’ framed my ethical disposition as evidence of a lack of commitment to the party.”

He also described the dissolution of the party executive in Kwara State by the APC national leadership as “another phase in the unrelenting assault” which he had to endure.

The former APC spokesperson stressed that as a national officer of the party in the National Working Committee, his views ought to be sought on a matter that concerned his state and in which he was directly involved.

“That action was, to say the least, disrespectful,” he said. “Quite recently, we all took the oath to do justice to all and not allow personal interests to interfere with our official responsibilities.”

“With this obviously presumptuous action, and the decision to appoint as chairman of caretaker committee, the same man who had emerged as the chairman from the parallel congress in my state, the NWC has taken sides, violated its oath office and subverted its own credibility as an impartial arbiter,” he claimed.

Abdullahi noted that he cannot continue to function as the spokesperson for the party when his personal principles were not compatible with its purported expectations.

He accused the APC of rejecting the political group which he belonged and as such, he can no longer justify to himself that he should remain in the party.

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