By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has challenged the National Chairman of his party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to publish the original minutes of the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) where it was agreed to throw away the reports of the Ondo State primary election appeal panel.
The APC spokesman also faulted statements credited to Oyegun against the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, asking the chairman “why it took him two weeks to prepare lies as responses.”
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Frank said the current crisis has gotten to a stage where Oyegun must publish the undoctored minutes of the meeting if he does not have any skeleton in his cupboard.
“Unknown to the national chairman, the last two NWC meetings were properly recorded and the record shows the contributions of every members of the NWC present at the meetings.
“Oyegun should tell the world why he brushed aside the suggestion of the National Youth Leader, Hon. Dasuki Jalo, who suggested that the party should submit an interim name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pending the time a political solution will be found to the matter.
“But Oyegun and few others who benefitted from the corruption that produced Rotimi Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of our party did not see wisdom in what Jalo said.
“Oyegun’s few responses to the many of allegations raised by our leader, Tinubu, can never hold water. For example, the chairman and his cohort contradicted themselves when Oyegun said there was no voting at all but he forgot that the party National Vice Chairman, Hilliard Eta, told journalists that there was voting, which is in agreement with the position of the party’s South-west National Vice Chairman, Chief Pius Akinyelure, who also said the NWC members actually voted in the Ondo State Governorship Appeal Panel report.
“After that, we mandated our national chairman and secretary to go out and do wider consultations so that we can have a political solution to the heated environment the situation has caused the party.”
According to Frank, “Now, who is deceiving who? In another clime, Oyegun would have voluntarily resigned as the national chairman of APC to allow someone else correct the damage he has done to the ruling party.
“But it is not too late. Our national leader, Tinubu, has said Oyegun should step aside, and that is the opinion of larger percentage of the leaders and members of APC. It is expected of our national chairman to do the needful before the evidence of many evils done to the party are made public.”
According to the APC chieftain, all lovers of APC should disregard Oyegun’s lies because the true position of what transpired at the NWC meeting had been truly revealed by the National Vice Chairman (South-west), Akinyelure.
“It is surprising that Oyegun made mentioned of party constitution in the process of removing the national chairman, but the same Oyegun has never obeyed the party’s constitution to call for NEC meeting as expected and by allowing the Deputy National Officers to act in absence of their bosses. My case is a perfect example.”