My party, APC, is more disorganised than PDP – suspended deputy spokesperson says

Timi Frank
Timi Frank

The suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, has said that there is currently no ruling party in the nation, citing disorganisation of the party as reason for his stance.

Speaking at an interview with journalists in Abuja, Thursday, Mr. Frank said the APC was more disorganised than the opposition People Democratic Party, which has been bedevilled by leadership crisis.

“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.”

Mr. Frank was suspended last year following the recommendation of a five-member panel, which investigated his alleged disparaging comments against the party in the media.

He did not appear before the committee, which he described as a “kangaroo panel.”

He had been critical of the party’s national leadership, particularly the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, who he repeatedly claimed was not fit to run the ruling party.

Mr. Frank’s main grouse was that he was not elevated to the position of the national publicity secretary when its former occupant, Lai Mohammed, was appointed information minister in 2015.

The deputy spokesperson of the party told journalists on Thursday that despite his suspension, he was still acting in that office and vowed not to relent in the efforts to put the party back on track.

He expressed disappointment at Mr. Odigie-Oyegun’s position on the April convention of the party.

He said, “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.”

On his alleged rift with Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, Mr. Frank said it was not personal, insisting 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”.

Mr. Frank reiterated his earlier stance that the party might die if it failed to address current challenges militating against the success of this administration.

“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.


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  • Mufu Ola

    Frank, why not go to Bayelsa & contest for councillor or other posts in d local govt before we can take you serious?

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  • Africa

    Why not join the PDP?

  • OGK

    Rubbish political jobber who has no other business than government.

  • Onye Obosi

    If your party is disorganized as you stated, that is enough reason to join PDP, or are you waiting for your master Atiku to openely cross-carpet before you show yourself?

  • Eldorado

    Sour grapes

  • augustine akinyemi

    Frank may be well advised to change strategy before it’s too late, as overambitious people like him are the cause of the disorganisation within the APC which he is referring to. No party organisation succeeds without discipline; perhaps he need be told tagging along with party rebels will do his political career in APC no good come 2019. Silently plotting against your party is nothing but treacherous!

  • Arabakpura

    This clown is a tempter o! He wants the governors to bankroll their convention like they use to do it in PDP? I recommend him for expulsion! He is though correct to the extent that APC is not a party!

  • share Idea

    There is a saying in my area “if a ground castor seed (ogiri) marrys two wifes, he would know the difference”. Timi is now regretting and missing so much orderlinesss (democratic structure) that he used to enjoy in PDP, which are lacking in his new CHANGE party. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Bayo

      He was actually missing the orderliness in APC under Baba Akande before Oyegun took over.
      Oyegun is being used by the Northerners against the South. That is why he made sure a Christian did not become a governor in Kogi state.

      • share Idea

        I guess all the references he made of PDP in the article meant APC-PDP to you

  • Bayo

    He was actually missing the orderliness in APC under Baba Akande before Oyegun took over.
    Oyegun is being used by the Northerners against the South. That is why he made sure a Christian did not become a governor in Kogi state.
    The national assembly is at loggerheads with the presidency despite the fact APC has the preponderance of the national assembly.
    Oyegun should resign already.

  • Peter_Edo

    This frog eyed man should go and find somewhere to park himself.

  • ChrisCanada

    Timi Frank may be right to some extent but dead wrong now. Yes it’s true APC has it’s own share of members with attitude problem like Timi Frank. Frank is the most unconventional and irresponsible person to be called a member of a well organized institution be it APC or PDP. The truth of the matter is that I praise the APC Executive and Leadership for having the courage to suspend Frank from the Party. If not he would have torn the party to pieces by now. In APC, nobody interfered in the matter. That’s is to say APC is a discipline party. Unlike the PDP, there’s no power that be or from above in APC. PDP would have been opting for a political solutions over a recalcitrant fellow who should be shown the way out. Look at what is happening there now the court ruled Sheriff is the legitimate Chairman it the party but those powers from above are saying no we must find a political solutions. Which solutions do they need after court has declared somebody the Chairman? Those who do not want to abide by the court decision should go, instead they are begging the issue. APC won’t do that. That makes the difference between the two which Frank can not see because he belongs to the pipeline vandalization gang and not organized party such as APC.

  • Isaac Azor

    This boy has not yet found his bearing!

  • Buharin daji

    When you have cocaine Timi Sylva and Amaechi Iscariot in one party it’s only a matter of time before the demon’s in them manifest