Ekiti @ 20: Adekola Lauds Fayose, Ekiti People For Peaceful Coexistence


Member of House of Representatives, Abuja, representing the good people of Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 (Ikere, Ise/Orun and Ekiti Southwest LGs), Hon. Segun Adekola, has congratulated the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose and the entire people of the state and lauded their peaceful coexistence in the past two decades as the state marks her 20th anniversary today, October 1, 2016.

Adekola, in his congratulatory message to Ekiti people Saturday, returned all glory, honour and adorations to God Almighty for keeping the state under the leadership of the same resourceful leader at 10 and 20, saying, that enough gives credence to the leadership of the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, whom he described as promise keeper.

“Ekiti at 10 and 20: The success stories roll over and over for Gov. Fayose as pathfinder of modern Ekiti. It is marvelous in our sight. We cannot shy away from appreciating the good people of Ekiti for keeping hope alive in the governor and our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Even though our first coming was truncated by the power-seekers who later landed the developing state in huge indebtedness between 2010 and 2014, we are still even stronger as a political party in the state, socio-economic evidences abound.

“I appreciate the fact that Ekiti people believe in genuineness of this administration and its series of developmental projects despite the recent economic hardship that is tearing the country apart.

“We are rejoicing today that we clock 20 as a state. Our honour remains and our joy unlimited. We are proud of the slogan nature conferred on us as a state: Fountain of Knowledge, the Land of Honour. It gladdens my heart that the National Examination Council (NECO) rated Ekiti State first in this year NECO results. The secondary school students really made us proud again. It is laudable.

“The Ekiti State Education Summit which was organised by this administration in 2015 had evidently yielded meaningful result, and we must maintain the tempo as a leading state in quality education across the country,” the federal lawmaker admonished.

Eulogising the leadership pattern of Gov. Fayose and the peaceful atmosphere in the state, Hon. Adekola gave several hearty cheers to the governor and his team for a job well done. He added that the governor is reaping from what he sowed during his first term in office between 2003-2006 as a caring person and no photochromic trick as lamented by the opposition.

He was of the opinion that Ekiti people had strong hope in the leadership style of the governor and that enough is giving him the leverage above other former governors. He maintained that Gov. Fayose has also never reneged on his promises and that spectacular attribute keeps him relevant in the heart of Ekiti people till tomorrow comes.

“The atmosphere which is friendly and peaceful today in Ekiti is as a result of the type of leadership we are having. The era of one day one killing is over. Ekiti people can now sleep with their two eyes closed. They can now relate freely with their governor without any hindrance. This is the type of administration that can truly enjoy the confidence of the masses and trust of the governed; no wonder Ekiti is this peaceful under the watch of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

“I rejoice with my people in Ekiti, most especially the constituents that gave me their mandate right now, the loving and supportive people of Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1, on the 20th anniversary of the creation of our state. I pray long live.

“Ekiti shall continue to go higher and higher. In Nigeria, our portion shall not be shattered. The needed transformations and face lifting which Gov. Fayose had started shall not be frustrated to standstill by the grace of God. We shall all live to witness more of this celebration in good health if God tarries,” Hon. Adekola prayed as he joined Ekiti people in the 20th anniversary celebration.



Edo Election: Governor Fayose Did Not Tell Ize-Iyamu To Congratulate Obaseki


Our attention has been drawn to a statement being circulated on Social Media that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose called the Edo State  PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and told him to accept the election results and congratulate Mr Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate that INEC declared winner of the Edo State governorship election.

This is obviously a ploy by the APC to secure credibility for the party’s disputed victory in the election,  using Governor Fayose’s name.

One wonders why the APC elements need to lie, using Governor Fayose’s name if they are indeed sure that they won the election.

For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayose is in agreement with the position of the PDP (both at Edo State level and national level) on the election.

He will support the PDP in Edo State and its candidate if there is enough grounds to challenge the election result at the Election Petitions Tribunal.

Lere Olayinka
SA Public Communications and New Media  (30/9/16)


BREAKING: Obaseki, Oshiomhole Wrinkle As Ize-Iyamu Buries APC In Edo


Indications have emerged that the results of today’s governorship election in Edo State between Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may not drum victory for the APC as the duo, Obaseki and the incumbent governor of the state, Com. Adams Oshiomhole were pictured facially wrinkled and unhappy with the results so far released at different local government collation centres.

Reports have it that the PDP standard bearer, Ize-Iyamu was having a leading votes as at the time of filing in this reports.

Ize-Iyamu was reportedly monitoring the collation and compilation of results as teeming supporters were heard saying he (Iyamu) had buried the wicked APC government in the state.

So far, the below results have been released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in each unit and local government.

Esan North East Ward 11, Unit 1 APC – 93 PDP – 128 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba Okha Ward 6, Unit 30 APC – 59 PDP – 83 #EdoDecides

Esan Central Ward 4, Unit 17 APC – 103 PDP – 55 #EdoDecides

Oredo Ward 7, Unit 16 APC – 121 PDP – 118 #EdoDecides

Oriedo Ward 1, Unit 13 APC – 135 PDP – 131 #EdoDecides

Oredo Ward 2, Unit 3 APC – 62 PDP – 72 #EdoDecides

Ewan Central Ward 10, Unit 7 APC – 75 PDP – 82 #EdoDecides

Uhunmwode/02 PDP – 557 APC – 48 Invalid – 105

Egor 07/014 PDP – 125 APC – 116 Invalid – 21 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba Okha /35 PDP – 104 APC – 76 Invalid – 4

Oredo /12 PDP – 153 APC – 135 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba Okha Ward 3 , Unit 17 APC – 117 PDP – 17 #EdoDecides

Ovia North East Ward 12, Unit 11 APC – 19 PDP – 1935 #EdoDecides

Oredo 08/028 PDP – 85 APC – 90

Oredo 02/010 PDP – 132 APC – 106 Invalid – 20 #EdoDecides

Etsako Central 01/007 PDP – 60 APC – 41 Invalid – 8

Uhunmwode/001 PDP – 107 APC – 95 Invalid – 9 #EdoDecides

Orhionwon/007 PDP – 84 APC – 45 Invalid – 27

Owan East Eke Primary School 007/011 PDP – 120 APC – 107 Invalid – 229

Etsako Central Ward 1, Unit 7 APC – 41 PDP – 60 #EdoDecides

Esan Central, Ward 3, Unit 7: APC 65 PDP 74 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba-Okha Unit 16: APC 60 PDP 77 #EdoDecides

Akoko Edo, Ward 5, Unit 5: APC 58 PDP 46 #EdoDecides

Etsako West, Ward 11, Unit: APC 147 PDP 23 #EdoDecides

Orhionmwon, Ward 1, Unit 12: APC 119 PDP 70 #EdoDecides

Ewan Central, Ward 3, Unit 6: APC 76 PDP 65 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba-Okha, Unit 26: APC 64 PDP 75 #EdoDecides

Oredo, Ward 8, Unit 1: APC 174 PDP 56 #EdoDecides

Oredo, Ward 5, Unit 22: APC 76 PDP 41 #EdoDecides

Oredo LGA, Ward 12, Unit 2: APC 59 PDP 33 #EdoDecides

Esan West LGA, Ward 6, Unit 9: APC 111 PDP 118 #EdoDecides

Owan East, Ward 10, Unit 11: APC 107 PDP 120 #EdoDecides

Orhionmwon, Ward 5, unit 7: APC 84 PDP 27 #EdoDecides

Oredo LGA, Ward 7, Unit 3: APC 134 PDP 101 #EdoDecides

Ikpoba-Okha, Ward 3, Unit 3: APC 41 PDP 18 #EdoDecides

Owan West, Ward 2, Unit 6: APC 55 PDP 66 #EdoDecides

Esan Central, Ward 3, Unit 7: APC 65 PDP 95 #EdoDecides

Orhionmwon LGA, Igbanke West, Unit 12: APC 64 PDP 71 #EdoDecides

Owan LGA, Ward 3, Unit 5: APC 68 PDP 30 #EdoDecides

Oredo LGA, Ward 4, Unit 13 APC 42 PDP 69 #EdoDecides

Owan West, Ward 2Unit 12 APC 63 PDP 55 #EdoDecides

Owan East Warrake, Unit 1: APC 186 PDP 35 #EdoDecides

EGOR LGA, Ward 3, Unit 19 APC-117, KOWA-6, PDP-422, SDP-13, UPP-1. #EdoDecides

Etsako Central, Ward 1, Unit 9:

APC 42
PDP 42 #EdoDecides

Orhionmwon LGA, Ward 5, Unit 25:

APC 101
PDP 46 #EdoDecides

Owan East Warrake, Ward 11, Unit 1:

APC 186
PDP 34 #EdoDecides

Ovia North East, Ward 8, Unit 10:

APC 57
PDP 50 #EdoDecides

Etsako Central, Ward 1, Unit 9:

APC 42
PDP 42 #EdoDecides

EGOR LGA, Ward 3,Unit 16

UPP-8. #EdoDecides

EGOR Ward 3, Unit 17

UPP-11 #EdoDecides

EGOR LGA, Ward 3,Unit 18

UPP-0 #


Tinubu May Withdraw Support For Ondo APC, Says ‘Oyegun Has Polarised The Party’


Recent intraparty crises in the All Progressive Congress (APC), over the choices of gubernatorial candidates ahead both Edo and Ondo States governorship elections, had heightened the fear of majority of their supporters in the two states, as the national leader of the party and former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bolu Tinubu, reportedly planning to withdraw support for the party ahead the November 26 Ondo State governorship election, saying ‘I can’t continue financing a polarised party where injustice, maladministration and padding of everything including delegates’ list remains the order of the day.’

Asiwaju, who made this known Monday evening in his Ikoyi, Lagos residence after a meeting with some APC chieftains in the Southwest, expressed absolute discomfort with the leadership style of Chief Odigie Oyegun and equally indicated his readiness to withhold his usual sense of largesse which the party has been enjoying since inception if the needful is not done.

“I will not say I regret building APC and giving Buhari a platform to become president of this country because it was then a collective efforts until recently when things started taking dichotomous directions as a result of selfish interest of our so-called national leader, Chief Oyegun.

“I never had issues with the emergence of President Buhari as candidate and president of this country, because we both had agreement before his emergence and which I still believe exists, even though we have differences in between the lines.

“That the president was convenient appointing people he likes and believes could help his administration was never my problem, but they must not paralyse this party ahead 2019. Sitting down in the Aso Villa and believing Asiwaju Tinubu is finished and will soon enter relegation is a mirage,” Tinubu expressed displeasure over happenings in the party.

Responding to issues revolving round the gubernatorial elections coming up in Edo and Ondo States and the expected victory story of the APC, Tinubu was caught frankly telling the reporters that he cannot assure the party the wishful victory owing to the polarization within the leadership of the party.

He said it is always difficult to build something on nothing and the present situation of things in the party cannot guarantee victory for any candidate except the most popular one like the Edo State governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki.

Asiwaju lamented that the mistake made by the Oyegun-led  executives shall cause the party an irreparable damage in Ondo State if eventually field Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s gubernatorial candidate. He added that, “Akeredolu is a poor product in selective market. You don’t field candidate who cannot win his hometown to contest election with candidate who hailed from the state capital like Eyitayo Jegede. Tayo is lovable and must wanted by Ondo State people.”

He advised Oyegun and his cohorts to see reasons why APC must live beyond 2019 and mend their ways before the looming danger befalls the party under his watch as the National Chairman of the ruling party, the APC.


You Can’t Impose Abraham, Obaseki Simultaneously -Oyegun Tells Tinubu


Indications have emerged that the recent crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) national leadership emanated from the way Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole manipulated the emergence of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the party’s gubernatorial candidate as against the wish of the majority in the state, and still expecting the repetition in Ondo State with Hon. Segun Abraham.

The national leader of the party, Chief Odigie Oyegun had therefore maintained that the same plot cannot work for Hon. Segun Abraham in Ondo State; saying “the same way Obaseki was imposed in Edo State was the same way they wanted Abraham to be imposed in Ondo State and I said no. Tinubu cannot be generalissimo here.”

He said: “Governor Oshiomhole is behind the call by Tinubu to remove me as Chairman. He accuses me of not doing enough for his governorship candidate. And I told him I am not happy with his style of politics. I am not in support of imposition because APC started the campaign against godfatherism. I am from Edo state and I am the national chairman of APC, I don’t like the way Oshiomhole manipulated Godwin Obaseki to emerge as Governor and Philip Shuaibu as Deputy Governor for the party in this election.

Other party leaders are not happy too. He forced these candidates on the party and we have to manage it well otherwise the party would have evaporated after the Edo primaries.

Governor Oshiomhole took his ill-conceived campaign. against me to Tinubu after the Kogi supreme Court ruling in favour of the governor our party brought out against some Tinubu’s candidate. We are in a new democratic order and we won’t allow scallywags and moneybags to hijack our party.

I cannot force Oshiomhole’s candidate on the party and on the people. Ondo is a different case entirely.”


Tinubu Cannot Survive Relegation Plans From His Kinsmen -Femi Fani-Kayode


I do not like to delve into matters touching and concerning the APC because I am not a member. However what is happening in the ruling party today transcends partisan politics and should be a concern to us all. At the very least we can learn some very hard lessons from it.

The truth is that the behaviour of Chief John Odige-Oyegun towards the man that single-handedly made him the National Chairman of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is reprehensible.

And neither does this matter begin or end with the way and manner in which the Ondo state governorship  primaries were conducted or its final outcome.

It goes much deeper than that and the Ondo affair is only symptomatic of a much deeper malaise and wider conspiracy to humiliate the National Leader of the APC by forces within his party that are even greater than him.

Those forces represent the hidden hand. They are a small cabal of power-brokers who constitute the leadership of the Buhari-led CPC. These people believe that they were born to rule and that they own Nigeria.

They simply used Tinubu’s old ACN as a compliant and ready piggy-back to catapult their way back to power and once they achieved that they never looked back.

Some of us warned Tinubu at the time about the dangers of riding the tiger and allowing himself to be used by these very dark and sinister forces but he would not listen.

No true student of history could have made such a cataclysmic and monumental error given the terrible experiences of others from the south-west, and indeed the entire south, who collaborated with such ultra-conservative, sectarian and arcane forces with a clear and distinct ethnic and religious agenda in the past.

Such forces can never be comfortable with a well-connected, highly sophisticated, independent-minded, strong, unpredictable, uncontrollable and experienced Yoruba leader and southern gladiator with a June 12th pedigree, a NADECO background, a massive war-chest and a widespread and formidable political base.

They may use him to achieve their objective but they can never trust him or allow him to have control of the party machinery or to wield any real power when it comes to running the affairs of the nation.

Most importantly once they have finished using him it becomes their duty and cardinal objective not just to cut him down to size but also to castrate and render him impotent and eventually destroy him.

That is their way. It is also a classic and vintage Nicollo Machiavelli move. This great writer that has had more influence on political thinking and strategies than perhaps any other author in human history taught us a critical and crucial lesson in his famous 14th century literary masterpiece and treatise on the power game titled “The Prince”. He tells us that the first thing that a Prince must do once he has achieved power is to destroy those that put him there.

And that is precisely what those that seek to do Tinubu in are doing. Worst still they are using his own erstwhile discipiles as a first line of attack against him.

It is not just Odige-Oyegun that has turned his back on him but also his former political protegees and former ACN associates like Tunde Fashola, Ibikunle Amosu, Kayode Fayemi, Biodun Ajimobi, Olorunimbe Mamora, Niyi Adebayo, Rotimi Akeredolu and numerous others.

Pulling the strings from behind the scenes and encouraging and funding the rebellion are hardline Buhari-supporters like my good friend Governor Nasir El Rufai and a number of others.

Their objective is to establish a new political order in the south west which is beholden to them alone, to replace Tinubu as the National Leader of the party and to utterly demystify and crush him in order to prepare the ground for the emergence of a new and more compliant Yoruba running mate for either Buhari himself or El Rufai in 2019.

As a graphic illustration of this interesting and unfolding agenda, the powers that be in the APC, led by Buhari himself, fired six shots at Tinubu inmediately after they formed  government.

The first was the Senate Presidency affair and the Bukola Saraki matter which saw the defeat and humiliation of Tinubu’s prefered candidate for Senate President.

The second shot was the Speaker of the House of Representatives affair and the Yakubu Dogara matter which, again, saw the defeat and humiliation of Tinibu’s prefered candidate for the position of Speaker of the House.

The third was the vital issue of Ministerial appointments in which not one single Ministerial nominee of Tinubu’s was accepted and appointed as a Minister by Buhari.

Every single person that he nominated from the south west and elsewhere as Minister was rejected and instead the slots were filled by his political adversaries and/or their nominees.

Many erroneously believe that Mr. Lai Mohammed, who is from Kwara state, was Tinubu’s choice and nominee for Minister of Information but this was not the case.

The person that he nominated for Minister of Information was not Lai Mohammed but Mr. Dele Alake, his former Commissioner of Information in Lagos state.

Again he nominated Mr. Wale Edun, his former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos state, for the position of Minister of Finance but this was rejected and Governor Ibikunle Amosu’s candidate, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, got the job instead.

This went on across the board for every single person that Tinubu nominated and presented for the position of Minister last year and it was a terrible humiliation for him. It was a dirty slap in his face.

The fourth shot was the James Faleke matter in Kogi state where it was agreed by the real landlords of the APC in the core north that Tinubu must not be allowed to gain a foothold in the north central zone by getting his own Yoruba kinsman and candidate to be elected as governor of that state.

Hence Faleke was ruthlessly dropped and shabbily treated and another person was selected to be the gubernatorial candidate of that state. It worked, Faleke went to court and sadly he lost. That was the end of the story.

The fifth shot is the thorough and systematic, though subtle and covert, humiliation and relegation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a close associate and political protegee of Tinubu and a spiritual son of the reverred Pastor Enoch Adeboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), to not just a spare tyre as Vice President but also to a very flat one.

Rather than being allowed to participate in the crucial decision-making processes on vital and critical issues of state and governance as any Vice President should,  Osinbajo has been kept in the dark about virtually everything and he has little or no power to effect anything.

When such decions are to be debated, discussed and made the Vice President is never invited into the room and neither is he even aware that there is such a meeting going on.

Worse still he is constantly being directed to represent the President at official functions all over the country as if he were more his Personal Assistant, Special Advisor or Minister rather than the Vice President of the country. Osinbajo’s crime is simply that he is loyal to Tinubu and he has refused to dump or betray him.

The sixth and perhaps most devastating shot is the fact that the party machinery has not only been taken away from Tinubu with the effective highjacking of Odige-Oyegun but that it has also opted to do the bidding of his mortal enemies and to fight him.

An eloquent testimony to this disturbing fact is the outcome of the Ondo state gubernatorial primaries where Tinubu’s candidate was edged out and cheated of the nomination by the party leadership.

This was the last straw that broke the camels back and predictably Tinubu has reacted in a very loud, aggressive and profound manner by publicly calling for the removal of the National Chairman of the party.

Yet calling for the removal of Odigie-Oyegun is not enough. The whole situation calls for critical thiking, sober reflection and deep retrospection.

The point that needs to be clearly understood when considering these six shots and the unfolding anti-Tinubu agenda within the APC is the fact that, contrary to all pretensions, President Muhammadu Buhari is part and parcel of it and he is in fact the moving spirit behind the whole conspiracy.

Nasir El Rufai and a number of others are simply the strategists and enforcers. Buhari, Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari are the masterminds.

Given all this one thing is clear: these people want Tinubu dead. If he does not realign quickly and fight hard to save his dwindling political fortunes and empire his APC friends and allies will destroy him in a slow, clinical, sadistic and systematic manner. And they will do it with a big, beautiful and friendly smile on their faces.

The fact of the matter is that, right from the outset, Tinubu failed to accept the fact that he was in bed with demons.

He refused to appreciate the fact that he was sleeping with beasts that are hell bent on eating his flesh, driniking his blood and ruthlessly implementing an ancient ethnic and religious agenda.

He gave them his all, caused them to win an election and trusted them to honor their word and treat him with respect and decorum.

He failed to appreciate the fact that you cannot make a deal with snakes and expect them to honor their word.

He forgot that you cannot wine and dine with cancerous lepers and hungry tigers without ending up being served as the final dish in a long, blood-curdling and Byzantian satanic feast.

Yet if the truth is to be told, no matter what mistakes he may have made, Tinubu does not deserve to be treated in this way.

Up until the Presidential elections were conducted last year he led and held together the south-western wing of the APC with an iron fist and he was the undisputed leader of the APC in that zone.

All four APC governors from the south west and virtually every single party leader waited on his every word and he called all the shots.

Sadly today, just over one year later, he is a caricature of his former self. Today Tinubu can only boast of having the ear and the full support of only two of those govermors, namely Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, who will NEVER betray him no matter what, and Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos state who will also stand firmly behind him until the very end.

The truth is that Tinubu has lost much ground and political mileage in recent times and, as more daggers are pulled out over the next few months and years it is bound to get worse for him.

Yet that does not mean that he is finished. I say this because he is a tried and tested fighter and a formidable adversary who is quite capable of pulling the whole APC house down.

It would be a fatal error for any of his adversaries, including President Buhari, Vice President Atiku Abubakar or Senate President Bukola Saraki, to underestimate him or dismiss his ability to fight back.

In July 2016, just after my release from detention and during the course of an interview with Channels Television (which can still be viewed on Youtube) Mr. Seun Okinbaloye asked me whether I could ever contemplate going back to the APC and how I thought the ruling party would fare into the future.

I told him that I would NEVER go back to the APC under ANY circumstances. I also told him that in any case by 2019 there would not be an APC, as it is presently constituted, left because the party would have spilt up into three separate and distinct political entities.

I told him that the Tinubu group comprising of men like Baba Bisi Akande, Rauf Aregbesola, Akinwummi Ambode and others would establish one party, the Atiku Abubakar group comprising of men like Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwakwanso and many of the former PDP leaders and governors that had left for the APC when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power would establish another and that the Buhari group comprising of men like Nasir El Rufai, Bello Masari, Aminu Tambuwal, Rotimi Amaechi, Rochas Okorocha, Chris Ngige, Ogbonaya Onu, Adams Oshiomole and virtually the entire structure of the old CPC leadership in the core north would constitute yet another. I stand by this prediction.

These three strong and equally forceful factions can be likened to the proverbial three blind yet ravenous wolves.

They cannot stay in the same cage or remain on the same platform for long without tearing each other to pieces.

Eventually they will all go their separate ways and, hopefully, contend with a newly-branded  and reinvigotated PDP in the field of battle in 2019.

What we are witnessing today in the ranks of the APC is the beginning of that bitter separation and messy divorce and it is going to get far worse.

It will be loud, bitter, acrimonious and rancorous and many political empires, careers and aspirations will be destroyed as a consequence of it.

My hope and prayer is that the PDP, which is also going through its own rigorous process of redefinition and reinvigoration, can get its act together before then, take advantage of the situation, pick up the pieces and win the presidential election in 2019. I am sure that we will.

Meanwhile my advise to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is to watch his back, consolidate his base, fight his enemies, reach out to new friends, accept the fact that he is at war and sleep with one eye wide open. The truth is that it will get far worse before it gets any better.


‘We Are Doing Nothing To Help This Government,’ APC Spokesperson Tells Party


The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has requested the national leadership of the party to stop giving unrealistic hope to Nigerians when nothing is being done by them to address the issue affecting the citizenry.

He reminded the leadership of the ruling party that its duty is not just about conducting party primaries, but extends to serving as a think-tank in proffering solutions to national issues like the current economic recession.

Frank consequently tasked the national chairman
of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to immediately convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the APC to discuss the issue and articulate the party’s position by way of an advisory to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday, Frank said, “the role of the party leadership is not only to conduct primary elections but to add value to governance, adding that such meeting will give members of the party the opportunity to air their views and provide expert suggestions.”

He regretted a situation where the only apparent
agenda of the current leadership of the party is to
conduct primaries which he said are often fraught with irregularities with all the attendant crisis.

Frank had recently advised the National Assembly not to shy away from telling the Executive arm of government the truth about the state of the nation’s economy even if it will cost some Ministers their job. He observed that Nigerians expect more from the APC-led Federal Government in the face of the current economic situation.

During the last Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Oyegun had urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy , adding that they support the current government in its efforts salvaging the country from the present economic downturn.

But Frank insisted that, “I expect the leadership of my party to be worried because the country is in recession, though the problems were inherited from the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan but we are here to solve the problems.

That is why I am demanding an emergency NEC
meeting where all the leaders of our party will sit face to face and tell themselves the truth or invite experts to advise them on what quickly should be done.”

He stated that the APC NEC meeting was long overdue and a violation of the party’s constitution
which states in article 25 b( i) that, “the National
Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the national chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.”

The APC deputy spokesman also listed pending issues which arose from the last NEC meeting but yet to be addressed.

According to him, “It was agreed at the last meeting that there should be a mini-convention to fill some vacant positions of the National Working Committee (NWC) but nothing has been done almost six months after. The issue of Board of Trustees (BOT) is still pending and some other issues, including crisis all over the states, but the only thing our national chairman can do is to conduct primaries. As a governing party I believe Nigerians expect more than this from us.

“Though, President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to deliver on our change mantra but all hands must be on deck to support the president to achieve this because we owe Nigerians explanations at all time and the role of party leadership must also be felt in this government.”

Frank, therefore, commended the leadership of the National Assembly for taking steps to support the president in his effort to rescue the nation from the economic woes.