BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday August 1, 2019, formerly resigned his position and membership of the party with immediate effect.
Abdullahi in a statement said that he had in the last few days, endure the flagrant usurpation of his role as the spokesman of the party in a manner that he considered unbefitting of a ruling party and inconsistent with his ethical standards.
The former APC spokesman said he served the APC honestly and to the best of his ability adding that when he stood for and won his election at the last convention, it was a keen desire to continue to do so.
Abdullahi however explained that in a situation whereby his loyalty is constantly brought into question, his subordinates deployed to subvert his office and his views constantly second-guessed on the basis of his political affiliation, it has become imperative for him to review his position.
According to him; “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.
“The unlawful dissolution of the validly elected party executive in Kwara State earlier in the week was only another phase in the unrelenting assault I have had to endure. As a national officer of the party, who sit in that Committee, courtesy should demand that my views be sought on a matter that concerns my State and in which I am directly involved. That action was, to say the least, disrespectful.
“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 of 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,” Abdullahi stressed.
He therefore explained that in view of recent political developments in the country and within the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has decided to resign his position as the National Publicity Secretary as well as his membership of the party with effect from today.