Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi has dismissed report that he has resigned as spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Earlier reports say Abdullahi resigned from his position to join the Senate President who announced his defection from APC to the PDP today.
Opposition party, PDP had in its Twitter handle celebrated the alleged resignation and defection.
Breaking News! The National Publicity Secretary of the failed and dysfunctional @APCNigeria, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has also returned home. @OfficialPDPNig. Congratulation and welcome home. More are coming. PDP! Power to the people pic.twitter.com/4eVLcJXfqP
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) July 31, 2018
But Abdulllahi, an ally of Saraki said he did tell anybody that he was resigning his position, saying that he knew where the speculation of his reported resignation was coming from.
“But I have not tendered my resignation,” Abdullahi told Premium Times by telephone Tuesday night. “And I did not tell anyone I have done so.”
“It is not true that I have resigned and let me emphasis that there is no iota of truth in that report. I can understand where the speculation is coming from, perhaps because I was absent during the NWC meeting on Monday.
“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,” Abdullahi clarified.
Abdullahi, who was reelected spokesperson for the APC at the party’s national convention last month, has been a key ally of Mr Saraki for years.
In 2014, he was fired from President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet as sports minister, after Saraki left the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the APC, which was then the newly-emerged main opposition. His loyalty to Saraki is believed to have cost him his ministerial job.