Oyegun should resign over Osun-West defeat —Frank
AXED deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Timi Frank has called for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Chief Odigie Oyegun, over the party’s dismal performance at the Osun-west senatorial district bye-election last weekend.
The APC candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussein was defeated by his main rival and Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) candidate, Otunba Ademola Adeleke. The ruling party won in one out of the 10 local councils in the senatorial district.
Addressing newsmen at his Maitama residence in Abuja on Monday, Frank accused Chief Oyegun’s national working committee of indifference towards the crisis arising from the outcome of his leadership’s reversal of the pronouncement of the screening and appeal committees which had earlier disqualified Senator Hussein from the race.
Frank claimed that the ruling party national secretariat failure to pacify Otunba Adeleke led to his defection to the main opposition party.
He said: ‘’By now after our defeat in Osun, I expect Chief Oyegun to have resigned by now, but unfortunately, I know he isn’t going to resign. But the best thing for anybody to do after losing this kind of election, just a bye-election is to resign.
“How did this mistake happen? It was caused by my national chairman, because this is a man (Adeleke) that was in APC and he left the party before the election, immediately after the primary and defected to the PDP and still came back to defeat the team he belonged to initially.
“This is a man that would have been our candidate and by today, the party would have been celebrating victory.
“Some of us believed that the ticket should have been given to him, based on the loss of his brother. It happens everywhere in the world even the United States. We saw in Nigeria even when the late Senator Chuba Okadigbo died. Unanimously then, they gave the ticket to his wife. Some of us tried to propose this same idea, it was just to complete two years.
“Our candidate that ran this election was disqualified before the primary. The screening and appeal panels that were set up by the party and by the chairman disqualified this so-called candidate that lost the election. They found out that as a serving commissioner he didn’t resign, this was reason why both panels set up by the party disqualified him but again because of the inconsistency of our chairman in taking decision, look at where Oyegun’s illegality has brought us.
“Whether we like it or not, this is a very big shame to a ruling party, where we have a sitting governor, with all the machinery, somebody that was with us went to a party, the PDP that we know have crisis rocking them could still come back and defeat us.
“That’s why I said, whether Oyegun likes it or not, the time has come for him to resign, otherwise, if he doesn’t resign, APC under him will continue to face defeat.”
The APC chieftain called on acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and other leaders of the party to call for an emergency meeting towards ensuring resolutions of crises in states chapters of the ruling party ahead of 2019 general elections.
“This is man that hasn’t been able to resolve any of the crisis rocking this party. He hasn’t been able to. I have been shouting, times without numbers about the damage Oyegun leadership style has done to the party but people decided to ignore me.
“Do we need to cry at all times? The answer is no. We shouldn’t wait for another defeat before Oyegun should go. I have nothing personal against him, but our party is collapsing, our party is dying.
“So, I want to appeal right now to the acting president to immediately direct the party to call for an emergency meeting to enable us sit down and re-strategize and fix this party before it collapses, because this is the roadmap of how parties normally collapse. What the Osun bye-election has shown is that you can no longer impose candidate on the people.
“We must as a party start giving chance for free, fair and credible primary. We must start demonstrating that we are really a ruling party, a democratic party that people should learn from. We shouldn’t make mistakes made by others in the past. Today, APC is the biggest enemy of itself whether we like it or not.”