- The end may be near for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as its crises continue to deepen between the national chairman and some top members of the party
- One of those fighting Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has threatened to sue just as he has also revealed how the national chairman could be removed
If the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun mistakenly convenes a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting now, he would be removed because many members are tired, according to Timi Frank, an embattled national publicity secretary of the party.
Frank was responding to claims that he had technically expelled himself from the party following his battle with Oyegun and a few others.
[caption id="attachment_982986" align="alignnone" width="800"] John Odigie-Oyegun is also engaged in a long-drawn battle with the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu[/caption]
Frank further said he had asked his lawyer to sue the national chairman for contempt of court just as he warned that any attempt to expel him would result in the break-up of the party.
Daily Trust reports that Frank explained that Oyegun was engaged in a desperation to expel him following a remark by the APC deputy national secretary, Oji Ngofa, that he had technically expelled himself for taking the party to court.
Briefing journalists after an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting, Ngofa said Frank’s decision contravened section 13(5) of the party’s constitution.
According to him, that section states that anybody that drags the APC to court shall be expelled.
But Frank challenged Chief Odigie-Oyegun and his loyalists in the NWC to publish the minutes of the meeting where the decision to suspend him was taken.
He further explained that he took the APC to court after he had exausted all the known internal mechanisms to get justice for his constitutional rights, adding that he remained a loyal member of the party.
The suspension and expulsion of Frank was recommended by a five-man disciplinary committee constituted by the south-south zonal leadership of the APC.
Prince Hilliard Eta, the party's national vice president for the south-south later announced that the Zonal Executive Committee (ZEC) had suspended Frank in line with Article 1 (d) and (f) of its constitution.
This was the reason Frank went to the court.