The deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has declared that as from today (Sunday), he will serve as the acting publicity secretary of the party pending when Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu resolved his court case.
According to him, the substantive occupant of the office, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had ceased to be the party’s spokesperson pending when he vacates a court order restraining him from duty.
A Sokoto High Court had last week restrained the party from appointing or electing “Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu or any member” into its top positions except through a National Convention.
A statement signed by Nabena in Abuja, Sunday said following understanding he reached with Onilu, he would act pending the time the substantive national publicity secretary will sort out the court matter.
“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 began 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 times practicing what we preach,” Nabena stated.
Nabena then called for understanding among the APC supporters and urged the media and other stakeholders to cooperate with him in carrying out the assignment as usual.
He assured media representatives of prompt responses to enquiries and clarifications while creating mutual understanding between the public and the governing party.
Efforts to get Issa-Onilu’s reaction to the development failed, as our reporter’s telephone calls went unanswered.
The National Vice Chairman – North West of the party, Barr. Inuwa Abdulkadir, in a Motion Exparte dated March 13, 2020 and filed before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of Sokoto High Court sought an order of the court to restrain the APC from appointing Issa-Onilu into any substantive position.