By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: The crisis of confidence rocking the hierarchy and other strata of the All Progressives Congress APC would lead to an implosion in the next three months except urgent remedial actions are taking by President Muhammadu Buhari to stave off such development.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank expressed this sentiment Tuesday in Abuja while appraising recent developments in the party, adding that by 2019, APC could cease to exist totally.
“You are aware that there are several realignments going on now in the country and my party has only now and January 2017 to put its house in order. If we don’t harmonize all the contending interests, some of us would be exploring new avenues to pursue our various political agenda”, he said.
Frank said the only way to rescue the party would be for the president to intervene and support calls for the resignation of its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
He reminded the president of how Chief Odigie-Oyegun as chairman of ANPP frustrated him (Buhari) out of the party, forcing him to go and form the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC. “The same thing is now happening in the APC and Mr President has to act fast because that same thing that drove him out of the ANPP then is also about to drive some people out of the APC because of Oyegun”, he stated.
Frank who said he was speaking the mind of most members and other stakeholders of the party, added that “at the appropriate time, more leaers of the party would speak out”.
He said he would soon write formally to the president and his vice as well as the leadership of the national assembly to seek their audience in other to adequately brief them on the circumstances that have necessitated the calls for Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation.
“I will also consult the governors (of our party) to make them understand the danger inherent in their silence in the face of the wave of crisis that has enveloped the party.
“This is like a rescue mission I am about to embark on. This struggle to rescue our party is not personal. It is because I love this party so much and I am a very loyal party man and I believe in this party.
“I am also going to pay a visit to our former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; I will also visit Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all the past national chairmen that made the merger to work.
I am going to pay visit to my own former national chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, of the then New PDP, Chief Bisi Akande of the then ACN, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of the then ANPP, Chief Tony Momoh of defunct CPC and Gov Rochas Okorocha who led a section of the APGA to make the APC. This visit is one that I will start anytime soon”, he said.
Frank explained that he decided to first visit Baraje “since he was the chairman of the New PDP that led us to join the APC”.
I remain APC Spokesperson
Frank also asserted that he remained the acting spokesman of the party, saying the attempts to name a new spokesperson would force him to sue the party.
“I am still in charge as the acting Publicity Secretary of the party. Oyegun cannot hand-pick anyone. It is very clear that there is a constitutional procedure and if they do not follow due process, I am going to take the party to court to determine whether Oyegun has any such powers to carry out such appointment”, he said.
Frank alleged that Chief Odigie-Oyegun was looking for people that are malleable, saying “as a young man, I cannot be manipulated. I want to do what is right”.
Vanguard had Tuesday exclusively reported current attempts by the party leadership to name a former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi as its substantive National Publicity Secretary.