It appears there are even more crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) than we know.
On Sunday, Yekini Nabena, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, declared himself as the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party.
According to him, his emergence was based on a subsisting court order issued by a Federal High Court in Sokoto. He noted that the court had restrained the APC from appointing or electing Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the current National Publicity Secretary, or any other members into office except through a National Convention as enshrined in the APC constitution.
The High Court in Sokoto while ruling on an application brought before it by Inuwa Abdulkadir, the APC National Vice Chairman (North-West), ordered Issa-Onilu to vacate his office until the determination of the case.
Abdulkadir had urged the court to restrain Mallam Issa-Onilu from functioning as the spokesman of the party.
Read Nabena’s statement as he announced his new position;
“APC is a law-abiding party and as leaders of the party we must be seen doing the right thing at all time, including respecting the order of the court. In lieu of this, Mallam Onilu has begun the process of vacating the order of the Sokoto High Court restraining him but pending the time this will be done I will act in his position.
“Unlike the former ruling party, APC has high regard for the judiciary and we must be seen at all time practice what we preach.”
Issa-Onilu had however vehemently dismissed the development, saying that there’s no such order from court restraining him.
“There’s no such court judgement restraining me. He’s just chasing shadows. I’ll speak to it soon,” he said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.