The acting national publicity secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has said that his national chairman Chief John Oyegun will be better off as an ambassador and not a national chairman of a ruling party
He, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the Benin Chief as ambassador before “his incompetency kills APC.”
Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the APC spokesman described his purported suspension by the South-south chapter of the party has a joke taken to far, saying that “It is not possible to suspend me because the zonal level lack the mandate.”
He also called on the president to speak out and listen to the call by the APC national leader Bola Tinubu, that the party national chairman Chief John Oyegun should resign.
He said: “And if the President wants to appreciate the support of Oyegun, the president has so many ways to compensate him, I will appeal to the President if its possible, to appoint Oyegun as an ambassador being a former career civil servant, he will do better as an ambassador not as national chairman.
“As it stands it’s only the President that can unite us again but as long as the President remains silent this crisis will not be resolved. The President should listen to the call of Bola Ahmed Tinubu that this chairman should resign and pave way for someone who can be national chairman to resolve and put us back in form.
“I want to appeal to Mr President, please Mr President, this is a personal appeal from me to you, that is time for the President to intervene in the crisis rocking this party.”
Frank who said he is a child of God declared that he will continue to speak out on the crisis rocking the party until the right things are done, adding that “what I’m fighting for today is not only for myself but to save the faces of young men in politics, posterity will judge if we refuse to speak now against all forms of injustices against Nigerian youths.”
While calling on his supporters and the general public to disregard his purported suspension, Frank added that President Muhammadu Buhari was not aware the “kangaroo panel set up to suspend me and so the president did not support the plot against me by Chief Oyegun.”
“I want to make it very clear to you, and to the Nigerian people and my supporters that I still remain a loyal member of the APC and I want make it clear that I have not been suspended and I make it clear to you that I still remain in charge acting publicity secretary of the APC.
“It is very clear that there is desperate move by my national chairman and his cohorts to get rid of me to enable them appoint an acting publicity secretary that will be a puppet that will be committed and loyal to them but not to the party.
“There is a procedure to suspend me, it is in very clear, it sad that neither my national chairman or zonal chairman who happen to lead this course that they are working towards.
“First of all I’m not a zonal officer of this party, I’m a national officer of this party so I see no reason why the zonal chairman will be the one to set up a committee that belongs to his friends and brothers.
“And I made it clear as soon as it was setup that I won’t attend to any committee that is not setup by the NEC of the party. It is only the NEC that can set up a committee to suspend me.
On denial that there was no crisis in the party, Frank said: “If there no problem why would governor Rochas go round party leaders? that shows there is crisis, why did he go to the NWC to rally support for the party? We know the truth we should not shy away from it.
“It is because I love this party that is why I want it rescued. This party needs help, otherwise if this party continues like this we would suffer in 2019. We can only win 2019 (elections) when we are united, not a divided house.”