The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called for the resignation of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC).
Mr. Frank was reacting to the NWC’s inability to intervene in the ongoing crisis in the House of Representatives.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the APC deputy spokesman condemned the indifference of the party’s leadership to the budget padding scandal rocking the lower legislative chamber.
He said the current situation was not only an embarrassment to the party, the APC-led federal government, but also to President Muhammadu Buhari and the country’s democracy.
Frank also flayed the APC NWC for its inability to solve the crisis in the Senate and the internal strife among its members in Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, and Bayelsa among other states.
“I respect the National Chairman. He’s like a father to me. But again, this is an issue that has to do with our political party. If we can’t manage it, then the current leadership under Oyegun is not competent.
“I love this party so much. I don’t want us to derail from our responsibilities as no responsible leadership will keep quiet in the face of numerous crises.
“If Oyegun cannot do this job of harmonizing the party members when there are crises, I will say without fear of favour that he should resign and give way for people who have capacity to do the job.
“The truth is bitter. But I will not relent in speaking it at all times. 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 competence 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.
“The current NWC cannot solve the crisis rocking the National Assembly. The two persons involved are members of the APC. The party should have summoned Abdulmumin Jibrin at the early stage. They party should have intervened within 24 hours. The party is not making any move as at now. Nobody has called Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin”, said Frank.
He added, “We must not shy away from the truth. The President is the leader of our party. So, if the leadership under Oyegun cannot save 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.
“This is not a personal attack against the leadership of the party. I’m saying this because the silence of my party all the times is not good for democracy and our government as at today”.
“This is not the first time our party is keeping quiet on issues that bother on individual members of the party or party members from various states”, said Frank.