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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

APC in dilemma over Lai Mohammed’s replacement

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress(APC) appears to be in a dilemma over the choice of a new spokesperson for the party.
The party’s National Publicity, Lai Mohammed has been confirmed as a minister and he is expected to be sworn-in by November.

Mohammed is one of three officers who are exiting or have exited to the executive branch of government.
The  others are Engr. Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who was the national
vice chairman, Northeast, and Alhaji Umar Raddah, the national welfare secretary
who is now the chief of staff to Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.
By the party’s Constitution, no officer of the party can at the same time serve in the government.
Some leaders of the party are said to be in fix over the ill-defined succession procedures as laid in the party’s constitution that could make Mohammed’s present deputy, Comrade Timi Frank, to succeed him.
Frank, an associate of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, had severally contradicted official party spokesman,
Mohammed and had in the past openly called for the resignation of the national chairman of the party,John Odigie-Oyegun.
The party leaders are worried that Frank might end up creating problems for the party if he eventually becomes the party’s spokesperson.
The party leaders are considering calling for a mini-convention where Mohammed’s position and other vacant offices would be filled.

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