The suspended deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, said in Abuja, on Sunday, that he had been vindicated by the recent comments credited to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over the happenings in the party.
Frank, in a statement, commended the two men for summoning the courage to speak out against what he described as “undemocratic tendencies of the current National Working Committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.”
He declared that the APC “is dead but not yet buried under the current national chairman.”
Frank said the real lovers of the APC were the ones speaking out their minds having waited for two years without any improvement on the part of the working committee.
He accused the working committee of “practically leading the party to destruction.”
Atiku and Saraki came down hard on the running of the APC by the current NWC under Odigie-Oyegun last week.
Specifically, Atiku decried the party’s inability to hold meetings of its different organs, or constitute institutions prescribed in the party’s constitution.
The former Vice-President had said, “In the absence of those meetings and elections, their existing leadership, often under the direction of the executive at the state or federal level, fill the void.
“That’s not party building but party bullying. And it’s certainly not a way to democratise parties and aggregate their members’ opinions, interests and aspirations.”
Saraki, who spoke at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum two days later, said the APC leadership headed by Odigie-Oyegun, lacked focus.
Frank said, “I’m happy that some of our leaders are now speaking out against the lack of internal democracy I have been fighting for all this while.
“It is still not too late if others will shun sentiments and see reasons to quickly rescue the APC from the current handlers, who are merchants and without minds of their own.”
Frank also condemned the suspension of the APC Chairman in Bayelsa State by the NWC, saying the party leadership had committed what he described as an unforgivable error against the constitution of the party.
He said, “If there are allegations against the state party chairman, it is expected of the NWC to set up a panel of enquiry to investigate these allegations and give the chairman in question a fair hearing and not suspend like in this case.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )