Mr. Timi Frank, the suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday said that there is currently no ruling party in the country.
According to Frank, his party is even more disorganized that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Today, practically I don’t even think we have a party. The party today is in disarray, there is confusion. I think we are even more disorganised than the opposition,” he said.
“I challenge anybody who will come out and say we are not disorganised; I have every proof to show that we are even more disorganised than the opposition.” He added
Frank was suspended last year over an alleged disparaging comment against the APC in the media. He refused to appear before a panel setup by the party which he described as a kangaroo panel.
Mr. Frank has continually criticized the national leadership of the APC, particularly Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who according to him is unfit to lead the party.
Frank’s main grouse was that he was not elevated to the position of the national publicity secretary when Mr. Lai Mohammed who held the position was appointed the Minister of Information in 2015.
“It’s very disappointing; if the chairman can come out and say we will have a convention in April; then suddenly he reversed himself with an embarrassing statement that we cannot have the convention because we have no money. This is very embarrassing for a ruling party.
“There was no time when we were in PDP, PDP will come out and say such. A party with over 19 governors? A convention is a very important issue. If I was the national chairman I would have resigned. A ruling party does not need to beg for money, all you need is to have a strong agenda.
“During the time of Baba Akande, he was acting chairman. That was my best time in the party. During that time, with less governors and no president, but we could come up to hold our convention. the party had money, we were paying salaries at that time, today we cannot pay salaries at the secretariat; even light bills we cannot pay.”
According to Frank, his problem with Oyegun is not personal, but that he only wanted the party to succeed.
“My problem with Oyegun is not personal. I want this party to succeed. The role I played to bring this change government, so many ministers did not do that much, but we are not complaining.”
“The national chairman of the ruling party in Kenya is 30 years old. The party is doing well. If a 30-year-old man can run a party so well, why can’t I?
“If Oyegun today steps down someone from the South-South where I come from will emerge leader of the party. I am not complaining because I want to be the chairman, there is so much crisis in this party.
“You can see that up till now we do not have a BOT. During the days of the PDP, we had the NWC and the NEC. Final decisions were usually taken by the NEC, but today the NWC has been exhibiting so much impunity”.
“Until our party we get it right, we should not expect anything good in 2019. The votes of Nigerians will and must count in 2019 as it did in 2015. If the people voted us in, 2015; then they can equally vote us out, if they are not happy,” said Mr. Frank.