Few weeks after castigating the Federal Government for allegedly hiring a foreign public relations firm, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based public relations and public affairs firm for an annual fee of $1.2 million, approximately N200 million.
Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the PR firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.
Details of the contract papers obtained by Pointblanknews.com from United State Department of Justice shows that Burson-Marsteller will partner with Prime Policy Group based in the United States and will support the APC to develop messaging documents, pursue meetings with the media in London and Washington DC. They will also pursue meetings with political leaders and civil servants in London and Washington DC and develop briefing materials ahead of meetings.
APC had recently hired AKPD, President Barack Obama’s political strategy group to help position the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The APC has come under serious criticism for either not condemning the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents when or having members linked to the sect within its rank and file.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Senator Ali Ndume are known supporters of the sect who are leaders of the APC. While Ndume is currently facing charges for allegedly sponsoring Boko Haram, Sheriff has not been charged.
The documents dated 12 May 2014, was signed by Delano Family Limited for the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Ladi Delano, an acclaimed young billionaire who also fronts for APC’s national leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, owns Delano Family Limited, DFL.
According to the engagement letter, the appointment was deemed to have started in May 12, 2014 with a monthly fee of $100,000.00.
Thirty two year old mystery money man, Delano, who signed the document, had claimed he was part of Obama’s victory in a ploy to woo Bola Tinubu, so he could secure political campaign contracts from the APC.
Delano who acquired his wealth trading in goods including liquor and by subsequently putting his company up for sale, reports say, was introduced to Tinubu while the frontline politician recently underwent treatment for his knee injury in the United States of America.
The young businessman, who has been paying frequent visits to Tinubu’s Victoria Island office, asserted that he was a key player in the team that delivered the technological strategy to win votes for Obama during the last elections. However, Delano’s claim has elicited strong disapproval amongst APC faithfuls who have described it as a crude lie concocted to make money and a disingenuous business pitch that could undermine the reputation of the party.
Ladi Delano made his first millions as a liquor entrepreneur while living in China. In 2004, at age 22, he founded Solidarnosc Asia, a Chinese alcoholic beverage company that made Solid XS, a premium brand of vodka. Solid XS went on to achieve over 50% market share in China.
He sold the company for $15 million and invested his funds into his next venture – The Delano Reid Group, a real estate investment holding company focused in China. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bakrie Delano Africa (BDA) – a $1 billion joint venture with the $15 billion (market cap) Bakrie Group of Indonesia. Bakrie Delano Africa is responsible for identifying investment opportunities in mining, agriculture and oil & gas and executing them.
(via Point Blank News)