The national spokesman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress Malam Bolaji Abdullahi Tuesday said he has not resigned from the party.
Media reports said Abdullahi defected from the APC shortly after Senate President Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed left the party.
Like Saraki and Ahmed, Abdullahi is from Kwara State. His alleged defection was also celebrated by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Twitter.
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“There is no iota of truth in the report,” Abdullahi told newsmen at the APC national headquarters in Abuja, Nigerian news agency reported.
The absence of the former Minister of Sports during the regular Monday meeting of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) fueled the speculations that he may have concluded arrangements to leave the party.
But Abdullahi insisted he has not dumped the party.
“It is not true that I have resigned and let me emphasise that there is no iota of truth in that report,” he said.
“I can understand where the speculation is coming from, perhaps because I was absent during the NWC meeting on Monday.”
The anxiety over Abdullahi’s future with the ruling party was because of his closeness to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who announced his exit from the APC on Tuesday.
In his reaction to Saraki’s exit from the party, Abdullahi, however, said he was not considering leaving the party, stressing that “I came through the front door and will not go through the back door.”
Defending his absence at the NWC meeting, the APC spokesman said he actually notified the party’s national leadership of his absence from the meeting.
“However, the speculators didn’t know that I told my colleagues that I was away in Kwara State.
“I want to put it on record that I came through the front door and if I want to leave, I will leave through the front door.”