ALL Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Publicity Secretary Tmi Frank yesterday warned that unless President Muhammadu Buhari takes concrete steps to resolve the crisis rocking the party, it may cease to exist in 2019.
Frank said political realignments were on-going in the country that might see many APC leaders abandoning the party to pursue their political careers in other parties.
He attributed this to what he described as the incompetence of the party chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, Frank said he would keep supporting the position of the party’s stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that Odigie-Oyegun should resign as the national chairman.
The party chieftain said the President must see reason why Oyegun must quit.
He said this was the time to redeem the party, pointing out that the APC leaders have between now and early part of 2017 to harmonise all the interest within the fold and address the crisis rocking it.
Frank, who added that he would visit the APC founding fathers across the country on a rescue mission, said: “It is very important that I embark on this rescue mission because I don’t want the party to die in the hands of Odigie-Oyegun and a few others.
“I believe that Mr. President should be able to go back and have a rethink of his experience with Odigie-Oyegun as National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). We are all aware that it was because of the incompetence of Oyegun at that time that drove President Buhari from the ANPP to form the CPC. Oyegun could not manage ANPP at that time and as at today, that same thing is happening in the APC.”
He said he would soon write formally to the president and his deputy as well as the leadership of the National Assembly to seek their audience to adequately brief them on the circumstances that have necessitated the calls for Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation.
“I will also consult the governors (of our party) to make them understand the danger inherent in their silence in the face of the wave of crisis that has enveloped the party.
“This is like a rescue mission I am about to embark on. This struggle to rescue our party is not personal. It is because I love this party so much and I am a very loyal party man and I believe in this party.
“I am also going to pay a visit to our former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; I will also visit Asiwaju Tinubu and all the past national chairmen that made the merger to work.
“I am going to pay visit to my own former national chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje of the then New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bisi Akande of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of the then ANPP, Chief Tony Momoh of defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Governor Rochas Okorocha, who led a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to make the APC.
“This visit is one that I will start anytime soon,” he said. The Nation