Following violence that marred ward congresses and Ekiti primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress last Saturday, outgoing deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank has said lamentation of former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Segun Oni over the crises is coming too late.
Oni, who is a former National Deputy Chairman of the party and one of the 33 aspirants jostling to get the governorship ticket of the party had complained about the violence that ensued during the election held at Oluyemo Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Ifaki Ekiti, he said, “some people who were discovered to be friends of a particular aspirant” were nominated to the Ekiti governorship primary committee put the integrity of the party’s national leadership to question.
Oni, who described the violence as very unfortunate, said Oyegun must investigate how the secretary of the committee, Mogaji Aliyu, a known ally of one of the aspirant, was made a member of the committee.
“Some people have penchant for cheating and manipulating the structure of the party to favour a particular aspirant. I was the APC National Deputy Chairman for four years; despite that, I did not use my position to influence anything about a primary I was directly involved.
“When you have penchant for fraud or to cheat the system, it makes democracy to look uninteresting.
“We found out that the secretary of the committee, Aliyu Mogaji, was nominated by an aspirant, and Governor Al-Makura later got to know about this and dropped him from functioning as the returning officer.
“Even the fraud festered to the ranks of the security agencies. I quite appreciate the fact that violence was not the right way, but it was caused because of pent-up anger.
“That is why the NWC led by Chief Oyegun owes all of us a thorough explanation about how Mogaji found himself on the committee and how to prevent such in future; otherwise, we are hiding under democracy to fool ourselves.
“Whether I will be governor or not or hold political office in the future, I think enough is enough about people being desperate to get positions because we must give confidence to our people,” he had said.
But Timi Frank mocked Oni and other aggrieved party members, saying their lamentation against Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party is too late.
He added that the outcome of both ward congresses and Ekiti state primaries has vindicated him, regretting how 80 per cent crisis was recorded in party’s ward congresses.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, Frank said, “Practically, in almost 80% of APC states there was crisis during the last Saturday’s congresses. Some members even lost their lives while some others critically injured.
“So, if common ward congresses could end up this way, we don’t know how the Local Government, State and the National Convention will end up.
“Once again I have been vindicated about my party, the APC. I have been speaking against injustice in the party all this while that the leadership under Chief John Oyegun as National Chairman has nothing to offer. I said his leadership will lead APC to destruction which the party is very close to now.
“But I’m surprise today that all the people crying and running up and down today about the congresses and Ekiti governorship primary election were keeping quiet when I was alone voicing out. I want to beg them not to cry but joyfully accept what has happened to them because their silence brought the party to this level.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is the best ward congress that Chief Oyegun-led leadership can conduct. Had it been all of those crying fowl now could reason with me when I was lamenting about injustice, oppression, impunity in APC by today things would have been done right.
“I know that one by one all the party leaders and members that kept quiet when I was the only voice speaking against impunity in our party will pay the price I paid.
“Somebody like Engr. Segun Oni was lamenting in Ekiti governorship primary that Chief Oyegun’s name was ‘at stake’ because the impunity I spoke about is now affecting him.
“The likes of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state was running from Imo to Daura because he is now a victim. The National Vice Chairman South-south, Hilliard Eta, who was ignorantly used against me is also lamenting. This is just the beginning!”