- The recent comments of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, is causing controversy within the ruling party
- The deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, says the comments are reckless
- Comrade Frank went on to say Oyegun has compromised his conscience against his benefactor
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has described as uncharitable, statements credited to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the recent resignation of former vice president Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party.
According to Comrade Frank, Chief Oyegun lacks the moral right to talk about Atiku's defection because “his incompetence contributed to the former vice president leaving the party.”
Oyegun had boasted that the exit of Atiku would not affect the APC, describing it as nothing of importance.
“I want to say let nobody fear of the defection of the former vice president is going to lead to any deluge. If anybody wants to defect, the day he will defect will be the day you will bring out your heavy guns not later as the media are speculating that some will still go with him. It is not like that.
“You stand and when they look at your right and left they will say that this man has done something great. So, don’t ever be afraid that is going to be any massive defection. As a matter of fact, the contrary will be the case,” Oyegun said.
Comrade Frank however fired back saying the APC national chairman should be sober“because that was how he (Oyegun) chased out President Muhammadu Buhari from the defunct ANPP but today Buhari is the president.”
He continued: “When you eat from a man and come back to talk evil of the same man, posterity will definitely judge in this case. Oyegun is one of the biggest beneficiaries from Atiku in APC, we expect him to have little fear of God while talking in public.
“One should have expected our national chairman to focus on how to rebuild the APC now instead of concentrating his energy on Atiku Abubakar who is no more with us.
“I hope Chief Oyegun will learn from the history of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the PDP when some of us were leaving the party. The party later paid the price and if care is not taken APC too will pay the price of Oyegun's incompetency in 2019.
“Our national chairman ought to know that politics is a game of numbers, so we expect him to take responsibility for everyone leaving the ruling party to opposition party under his watch.
“If Oyegun thinks that Atiku's exit won't create any impact, time will tell but I will still advice the party to relieve Chief Oyegun of his office before he angers more people to leave the APC.
“Atiku actually left APC because of such national chairman who could not ensure internal democracy. Under Chief Oyegun, aspirants alleged that primary elections were won by the highest bidders, party constitution suspended, display of impunity is the order of the day, inability to put BOT in place, lack of capacity to organise convention and other necessary meetings.
“This is a national chairman who has never won election for APC even in his ward, how can he challenge a former vice president of Nigeria who has added values to democracy and even to the ruling party before he left.”
Comrade Frank however urged APC leaders to go back to the drawing board and see how the party could be re-branded before the 2019 general elections, stressing under the current national chairman, the party has gone into more deeper crisis which it has not been able to resolve.
Comrade Frank had earlier said the leadership of the party should be remorseful following the resignation of Atiku and many others from the ruling party.
His comment was contained in a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Monday, December 4, where he revealed that he had warned and predicted the recent developments in the APC.
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