Backlash from the Ondo governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is threatening the cohesion of the party even at the national level, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the APC from collapse by uniting all members.
Over the weekend, national leader of party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called on the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to resign for his poor handling of the fallout of the governorship primary.
In the same vein, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has declared that he was prepared to lead a protest against the National Chairman, if he fails to call an emergency National Executive Committee meeting within 14 days.
Frank, who made this known on Monday in Abuja, said the call of Asiwaju Tinubu on Chief Odigie-Oyegun to resign for alleged compromises over Ondo governorship primary crisis had vindicated his struggle to save the party, blaming Odigie-Oyegun for the festering crisis.
He said the NEC meeting was necessary to solve all crises, especially the Ondo crisis which, he noted, might affect the chance of the party during the election, saying “APC supporters may sabotage the process if we do not bring all the aggrieved persons together. We should strategize to ensure victories in Edo and Ondo States”.
He blamed the party National Chairman for the internal crises in National Assembly and States like Bayelsa, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi and Edo.
He said: “I am the first person to foresee what is happening. I said there were issues and crises. As at that time, I was alone. Nobody sees where I am coming from. He (Oyegun) has tried. But you can’t give what you don’t have. Oyegun can’t take this party to where it wants to get to. Is it not clear that there are crises? We have internal issues. They are now public issues.
“Nothing has been heard about the resolution to downsize the Board of Trustees (BoT) and form Elders Council. Oyegun is not bothered. We cannot run a party like a one-man show. Today, it is Tinubu who is speaking. More people will speak out. Those who keep quiet, what happened to Tinubu will happen to them. It seems as if we are not prepared to show that we are the ruling party.
“We should set up a committee where Tinubu will speak about the weighty allegations against Oyegun. He must call for an emergency NEC meeting if he has nothing to hide. If we can’t resolve it now, then we can’t resolve it again. I call on Oyegun to call for this meeting. It has shown that Oyegun can’t do the job. Mr President launched ‘Change Begins With Me’. The change has to start from the party. When people see change in our party, they will also emulate,” said Frank.