A chieftain and the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Timi Frank has described the ongoing budget-padding crisis in the House of Representatives as “highly embarrassing” to the party and the federal government.
He, therefore, called on the leadership of the governing party led by Chief John Oyegun to resign their position if they can no longer steer the ship of the party.
Addressing a press conference in his Abuja residence on Friday, Frank regretted what he described as the inability of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to stave off the wave of crisis afflicting the party.
According to him, it is unfortunate that the crisis in the senate has not been resolved, saying in Kano, Kogi, Bayelsa and several other states, the situation is not any different.
“What is happening at the House of Representatives is not only embarrassing to us a party, it’s embarrassment to the President, We must not shy away from the truth. The President is the leader of our party, so if the leadership under Oyegun cannot safe the President from embarrassment, who will do it for us? We have to do it by ourselves so that is why I’m taking it upon myself to speak out because I want the President to succeed.
“It is disheartening to note that the party has not wade into resolving the crisis involving two members of the party at the House of Representatives.
“The issue rocking the National Assembly is embarrassing to our party and to Nigerians.
“This is not a personal attack against the leadership of the party, it is because the silence of my party all the time is not good for democracy and our government as at today.
“I can tell you clearly, nobody will want to speak, I believe it is my duty as the Acting Publicity Secretary of the APC to speak either by my own capacity to intervene at this time.
“This is not the first time our party is keeping quite on issues that bothers on individual members of the party or party members from various states, till today, we’ve not been able to resolve the crisis involving our members at the Senate.
“I respect the National Chairman, he’s like a father to me but again, this is issue that has to do with our political party, if we can’t manage it, then the current leadership under Oyegun is not competent.
“The job of a party is not to conduct primaries alone, the job of a party is to reconcile issues when necessary, but under Oyegun’s leadership, practically I can tell you it is zero.
“Tell me one crisis that has rocked APC, whether at the state or national level that the leadership under Oyegun has been able to resolve. Even the issue between Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Remi Tinubu which was also embarrassing, as a party under the leadership of Oyegun also failed to intervene.
“I’ve never seen a political party that cannot address it’s own issue but if it is for the party under Oyegun to tell the media that Timi Frank cannot be acting publicity secretary of the party, they will not waste time on that. For his own personal reasons, he’ll rush to tell the media that the they have their reasons for not allowing Timi Frank to act as the party’s publicity secretary.
“I love this party so much, I don’t want us to derail from our responsibilities as no responsible leadership will keep quite in the face of numerous crisis. I was once a PDP member, when we were there, I can testify to you that if there’s any crisis, within twenty-four hours, you will see the leadership of the party will intervene.
“If Oyegun cannot do this job of harmonizing the party members when there are crisis, I’ll say without fear of favour that he should resign and give way for people that have capacity to do the job.
“The truth is bitter but I’ll not relent in speaking it at all time, there are so many leaders of this party that will agree with me that Oyegun Is not competent enough to do this job. So many of them will testify although they may not have the competent to speak.
“I want to use this opportunity to beg leaders of this party, if the NWC members cannot do it, the leaders of this party should please wade into the current crisis rocking the House of Representatives.”