APC Announces Bolaji Abdullahi As New Spokesman


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Bolaji Abdullahi, former Minister of Youth and Sports, as its new spokesman.

Bolaji Abdullahi, who succeeds Lai Mohammed (Minister of Information) was unveiled by the party at a mini-convention at Chelsea Hotel in Abuja on Thursday.

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The position has been vacant since Lai Mohammed was appointed minister and the former deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Timi Frank, has been prevented from stepping into Lai’s shoes.

Frank has been suspended from the APC ahead of his expulsion, following the disagreement between Frank and the national chairman of the party, John Oyegun.

Abdullahi, who is an ally of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, have served as a former Commissioner for Education in his home state of Kwara, and as a Federal Minister of Youth and Sports.

47-year-old Abdullahi, graduated from the University of Lagos, Akoka with a B.Sc. in Mass Communication, before proceeding to University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom where in 2002; he bagged a Masters Degree in Governance and Development.

Mr. Bolaji started his career as a volunteer and part-time worker in civil society organizations and international agencies before joining ThisDay newspapers as a reporter in 1997.

In 1998, he joined the Africa Leadership Forum, a civil society organization based in Ota, Ogun State as a Publications Officer, and later a Programme Officer.

He later returned to ThisDay in 2000 as the Deputy Editor of ThisDay. In 2003, he was appointed Special Assistant on Communication and Strategy to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Special Adviser on Policy and Strategy to the Governor in 2005.

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In 2007, he was appointed as Kwara State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, a position he held until May 2011. Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, again appointed him the Minister of Youth Development in July 2011.