You may lose public support, Timi Frank warns Saraki

The deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, on Thursday asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to be wary of the party’s leadership.

Mr. Frank said Mr. Saraki could lose support from his strongest backers if he sustained the recent moves to establish close ties with the chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, and others.

Mr. Saraki should “watch his back in the latest moves so as not to lose the confidence of some Nigerians and party members who believed in him when the likes of Oyegun did not” Mr. Frank said in a statement.

Mr. Frank’s warning came a day after Mr. Saraki visited the national headquarters of the APC for a closed-door discussion with the top officials of the party.

The meeting was aimed at resolving the protracted acrimony within the party, which had lingered for more than a year.

But Mr. Frank said Mr. Odigie-Oyegun designed the meeting as a convenient way out of the crisis he allegedly created.

“It is clear that most of these crises he’s personally responsible for require a new competent hand to heal the wounds before it is too late for the party.

“Instead of inviting Saraki for a romance, why can’t the national chairman call for a National Executive Committee meeting where all the leaders will sit at a round table and tell themselves the truth?” Mr. Frank said.

A spokesman for Mr. Saraki did not immediately respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ request for comments Thursday night.

Mr. Oyegun could not be reached for comments.

Mr. Frank has been locked in bitter confrontation with Mr. Odigie-Oyegun since he was denied the opportunity of assuming the position of acting spokesman for the party following the appointment of Lai Mohammed as a minister.

The party finally named Bolaji Abdullahi, a former Sports Minister, as its spokesman last week.

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