… Fashakin, Igbokwe Also In Race
Following the appointment and confirmation of National Publicity
Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed as
a Minister of the Federal Republic, the party is set to appoint another
official who will serve as its mouthpiece in the coming days.
To this end, CRYSTAL NEWS gathered that contrary to
rumours being bandied around that
the position will be retained by the
Southwest in the principle of zoning, the party leadership has agreed
that it should be based on hierarchical structure.
Going by this arrangement, the incumbent Deputy National Publicity
Secretary, Timi Frank, is set to assume the role left by Mohammed.
Frank, who hails from Bayelsa State, has been serving as Mohammed’s
deputy since June 13,2014 when the APC constituted its National Working
However, in a chat with CRYSTAL NEWS, a member of the party’s Board
of Trustees who spoke on condition of anonymity said some of the party
leaders are not comfortable with the choice of Frank, who is a staunch
ally of Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
He also said that Frank may have incurred the wrath of some leaders in the party due to some statements he made in the past.
According to him, in June, Timi Frank publicly called for the
resignation of the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie- Oyegun,
over the crisis that rocked the National Assembly due to leadership
He also recalled that earlier this month, Frank wrote a letter to the
Senate urging it not to confirm the appointment of Babatunde Fowler as
the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for assuming
duty without being confirmed by the Senate.
Fowler, who is believed to be a godson of a National Leader of the APC,
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in
August while the Senate was on recess.
To this end, he said some leaders are already scheming and lobbying
President Buhari for the emergence of former National Publicity
Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), Rotimi
Fashakin, as Mohammed’s successor.
CRYSTAL NEWS also gathered that some notable leaders in the party
are also rooting for Joe Igbokwe, the incumbent Lagos State Publicity
Secretary as Lai Mohammed’s likely successor.
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