The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, has asked the National Chairman of the party to immediately convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee to discuss the current economic recession and advise President Muhammadu Buhari on what to do.
Mr. Frank said this in a statement on Thursday. In the statement, he referred to himself as acting National Publicity Secretary, but, officially, the party says he is not, and cannot speak for the party.
APC has had no substantive Publicity Secretary since Lai Mohammed was appointed minister last year. Instead of Mr. Frank, APC has said only Mr. Oyegun and the National Secretary, Mala Buni, can speak for the party.
Mr. Frank said the role of the party leadership was not only to conduct primary elections but to add value to governance.
He added that such emergency meeting on Nigeria’s prevailing economic crisis would give more members of the party the opportunity to express their views and provide expert suggestions.
Mocking Mr. Oyegun, Mr. Frank said the only thing the current leadership of the party “is known for is to conduct primary election which he said were even charasterised with crisis.”
“I expect the leadership of my party to be worried because the country is in recession, though the problems were inherited from the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan but we are here to solve the problems,” said Mr. Frank.
“That is why I am demanding an emergency NEC meeting where all the leaders of our party will sit face to face and tell themselves the truth or invite experts to advice them on what quickly should be done.”
He also said an APC NEC meeting was overdue according to the party constitution which states in article 25 b( i) that “the National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the national chairman or at the request made in writing by atleast two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.”
The APC chieftain also highlighted pending issues which arose from the last NEC meeting but yet to be addressed.
“It was agreed at the last meeting that there should be mini- convention to fill some vacant positions of the National Working Committee (NWC) but nothing has been done almost six months after. The issue of Board of Trustee (BOT) is still pending and some other issues, including crisis all over the state, but the only thing our national chairman can do is to conduct primaries. As a governing party I believe Nigerians expect more than this from us.
“Though President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to deliver on our change mantra but all hands must be on deck to support the president to achieve this because we owe Nigerians explanations at all time and the role of party leadership must also be felt in this government.”
He commended the leadership of the National Assembly “for taking steps to support the president on his effort to rescue the nation from the economic woes inherited.”
Messrs. Oyegun and Buni couldnot be reached by phone for comments on this story. Their lines were were off.
But in previous statements signed by Mr. Buni, the party repeatedly blamed the country’s current hardship on the the 16-year rule of the PDP which lost power 16 months ago.