‘APC may cease to exist by 2019’


The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Timi Frank, has said the party may not survive beyond 2019 unless urgent steps are taken to rebuild public confidence in the party.

Frank said this while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

He explained that the reported “revolt” by state governors over recent ambassadorial appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari and the open protest by the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over happenings within the party were clear signs that things were not in order in the party.

The party spokesman said there was nothing personal about his call for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the need to overhaul the party.

According to him, his desire to see a better APC remains his chief motivating factor.

He said, “I’m not bothered about the campaign of calumny against me. The truth is, I’m speaking the position and minds of the majority of our party leaders, who believe that the national chairman has to resign and he must resign, whether he likes it or not.

“I’m not alone in this; at the appropriate time, more leaders will soon speak out.

“We have between now and January and February, 2017; if we don’t harmonise our differences, some of us will have no choice but to take the next step to pursue our political future.

“I am calling on our leaders to sit at a roundtable to iron out our differences now that the party still has a semblance of life. If the crisis within the party is not resolved, there will be no APC in 2019.

“If you recall, this was how we shouted when there was growing impunity and injustice in the then Peoples Democratic Party. We demanded that Bamanga Tukur (the then National Chairman) be removed.”


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