February 21, 2019

Tenure elongation: Timi Frank asks Oyegun to retire from politics

…says APC should distinguish itself from PDP

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has asked the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to honourably relinquish power, resign from his position and return to his home town to embrace farming instead of politics.

Frank, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday, also said his party should distinguish itself from the former ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by learning how to run party administration, challenging APC NWC to inform the whole world if President Muhammadu Buhari is no more the leader of the APC.

The chieftain of the party was reacting to the decision of Mr President, who asked leadership of the party during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that held on Tuesday, February 27 to prepare to contest or re-contest for party’s position(s) if interested.

Buhari, in his speech, had quoted the Party’s constitution and Nigeria’s constitution to back his claims that tenure extension for Oyegun-led NWC and other state executives may run afoul the guidelines of the party.

“I’m telling Chief Oyegun to retire now before he disgraces President Buhari, because it is shameful and disgraceful for NWC to say Buhari is not the leader of the APC. This is a way of disgracing him before Nigerians and entire world, that the President has no say in his own party.

“I expect our National Chairman and APC to go and learn how to run a ruling party from PDP. There is no crime in learning what you don’t know,” Frank said.

It would be recalled that the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi had told journalists shortly after NEC meeting that the previous decision taken by the NEC on tenure elongation was still standing, adding that Mr President’s decision was his personal opinion.

According to Bolaji, “At the moment there is no decision taken. So, the position of NEC still stands from the last meeting. There is a technical committee at the moment that is looking at it. That position may change tomorrow but as it is today that is the position of NEC.”

But the deputy spokesperson of the APC declared that he would not be part of ‘illegal tenure extension’, commending President Muhammadu Buhari, for his opposition to what he described as illegality.

“I will not be part of illegal tenure extension,” saying he will resign his position as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC at the expiration of his tenure to pave way for new leaders.

He added that Oyegun ought to have been fired long before now, due to lack of respect for APC’s constitution and other impunity reigning under his watch.

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