The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has threatened to mobilize members of the party to stage a protest against the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, if he fails to convene an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting within the next 14 days.
Mr. Frank gave the warning in Abuja on Monday.
The deputy spokesman of the APC, who fielded questions from journalists on the crises rocking the party, said Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s call on Chief Odigie-Oyegun to resign for alleged compromises over Ondo State governorship primary election, had vindicated his struggle to save the party.
Frank said the NEC meeting was necessary to solve all crises, especially the Ondo crisis, which he noted, might affect the chance of the party during the election.
According to him, “APC supporters may sabotage the process if we do not bring all the aggrieved persons together. We should strategize to ensure victories in Edo and Ondo States”.
He blamed Mr. Odigie-Oyegun for the internal crises in National Assembly and States like Bayelsa, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi and Edo.
Frank, who voiced concerns that none of the decisions reached at the last APC NEC meeting had been implemented, likened the current case of Odigie-Oyegun to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whose late removal from office, he said, led to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeat in the 2015 general elections.
“I am the first person to foresee what is happening. I said there were issues and crises. As at that time, I was alone. Nobody sees where I am coming from. He (Oyegun) has tried. But you can’t give what you don’t have. Oyegun can’t take this party to where it wants to get to. Is it not clear that there are crises? We have internal issues. They are now public issues.
“Nothing has been heard about the resolution to downsize the Board of Trustees (BoT) and form Elders Council. Oyegun is not bothered. We cannot run a party like a one-man show. Today, it is Tinubu who is speaking. More people will speak out. Those who keep quiet, what happened to Tinubu will happen to them. It seems as if we are not prepared to show that we are the ruling party.
“We should set up a committee where Tinubu will speak about the weighty allegations against Oyegun. He must call for an emergency NEC meeting if he has nothing to hide. If we can’t resolve it now, then we can’t resolve it again. I call on Oyegun to call for this meeting. It has shown that Oyegun can’t do the job. Mr President launched ‘Change Begins With Me’. The change has to start from the party. When people see change in our party, they will also emulate”, said Frank.
He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the APC from collapse by uniting all members who are automatically loyal to him.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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