Mr Timi Frank, acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has insisted that no one but the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is the problem of the party.
This is coming amidst the likelihood that Frank may be sanctioned over his perceived criticism of Oyegun as the party recently inaugurated a committee to investigate some activities of Frank who had taken every opportunity with the media to lambast the party’s National Chairman.
Frank was reacting to media reports where Oyegun was quoted as attributing the various crises in the party to political scheming of some APC chieftains ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Oyegun reportedly said in Sokoto while declaring open a three-day retreat for Kano State officials and stakeholders on the topic Political Party Management, that “What is happening is not about the national chairman but on the need to take control of the party ahead of 2019.”
But Frank, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday said, “Chief Oyegun has resorted to blackmail against party leaders across board who want him removed so as to secure favour from the presidency. It is confusing and contradicting when Oyegun said that all is well with the party and still went ahead to point accusing fingers that some persons want to take control of the party ahead of 2019.
“It will be a good thing for those persons who meant well for President Muhammadu Buhari and the party to take control and ensure victory for APC at any election than Oyegun, who has lost electoral value and without a mind of his own to continue displaying incompetency as our national chairman.
“Again, it is now clear that if there is anybody trying to hijack the party, that person is Oyegun who is being controlled by external forces and not the likes of our national leader Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and others who worked tirelessly to ensure the victory of APC and still working to rescue the party before Chief Oyegun placed a price tag on it.
“I want to appeal to Mr. President again to heed to the earlier call of our national leader, Asiwaju Tinubu that Oyegun should step aside before it is too late. The slogan, Change begins with me must start from our party the APC”, he said.
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