By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has told the leadership of the party that its duty is not just to conduct party primaries but to also serve as a think-tank in proferring solutions to national issues like the current economic recession.
Consequently, Frank has asked the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to immediately convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC to discuss the issue and articulate the party’s position by way of an advisory to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja and signed by himself, Frank said, “the role of the party leadership is not only to conduct primary elections but to add value to governance, adding that such meeting will give members of the party the opportunity to air their views and provide expert suggestions”.
He rued a situation whereby the only apparent agenda of the current leadership of the party is to conduct primaries which he said are often fraught with irregularities with all the attendant crisis.
Frank urged the party leaders to stop giving Nigerians unrealistic hope while nothing is being done by them to address the situation.
“I expect the leadership of my party to be worried because the country is in recession, though the problems were inherited from the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan but we are here to solve the problems. That is why I am demanding an emergency NEC meeting where all the leaders of our party will sit face to face and tell themselves the truth or invite experts to advise them on what quickly should be done”, he said.
NEC meeting long overdue
According to him, the APC NEC meeting was long overdue and a violation of the party’s constitution which states in article 25 b( i) that “the National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the national chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.”
The APC spokesman also listed pending issues which arose from the last NEC meeting but yet to be addressed.
“It was agreed at the last meeting that there should be a mini- convention to fill some vacant positions of the National Working Committee (NWC) but nothing has been done almost six months after. The issue of Board of Trustees (BOT) is still pending and some other issues, including crisis all over the states, but the only thing our national chairman can do is to conduct primaries. As a governing party I believe Nigerians expect more than this from us.
“Though, President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to deliver on our change mantra but all hands must be on deck to support the president to achieve this because we owe Nigerians explanations at all time and the role of party leadership must also be felt in this government.”
He, therefore, commended the leadership of the National Assembly for taking steps to support the president in his effort to rescue the nation from the economic woes.