Suspension: I have been vindicated by APC's NWC - Timi Frank

Suspension: I have been vindicated by APC's NWC - Timi Frank

- The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have shot itself in the foot

- The party was quick to come to the defence of it's national legal adviser, Mr Muiz Banire after he was suspended by the party's executive committee in Mushin, Lagos

- The issue is however similar to that of the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank

The deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the position of the party's NWC which nullified the suspension of Muize Banire by the party’s executive committee in Mushin Local government area of Lagos state, has vindicated him.

Chief John Oyegun-led NWC recently issued a statement nullifying the suspension placed on Banire on the ground that only the national body has the constitutional mandate to suspend a national officer.

In a statement sent to on Sunday, July 30, Comrade Frank said he refused to honour invitation of a kangaroo committee engineered by the South-south executive of the party because they lack the mandate to invite him as a national officer of the APC.

Suspension: I have been vindicated by APC's NWC - Timi Frank
Comrade Frank accused the APC's NWC of causing confusion with its recent decision

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The APC chieftain while describing the party's national chairman as a 'master of confusion' added that, “Chief Oyegun-led NWC knew the position of constitution as regards a national officer but decided to keep mum in my own case because they were the sponsors of the kangaroo suspension against me in the first place.

He added: “But one will wonder why the NWC quickly shown special interest in Muize Banire's suspension if they were not out to dance to the music of their pay master”

While restating his earlier position that he was never under any suspension, Comrade Frank said, “the APC national chairman is a man without words of his own but always out to serve the interest of higher bidders.

“Because I was telling them the truth against their wishes, Chief Oyegun through the sycophantic zonal body arranged a kangaroo suspension against me but I thank God today because the same NWC has come out to say that nobody except the national body has power to suspend a national officer in which I'm one.

“I therefore use this medium to tell those who think I'm under suspension to erase such thought in their minds. I am not under any suspension.

“I must again call on leaders and governors of our party not to keep quiet any longer in any decision taken by Oyegun-led NWC because the current NWC under Chief Oyegun has lost competency, credibility and ready to be bought over by the higher bidders.”

Suspension: I have been vindicated by APC's NWC - Timi Frank
APC chairman, John Oyegun has presided over a largely divided party in the last two years. Photo credit: The Punch

About three weeks ago, Comrade Frank blamed Oyegun for the defeat of the APC in the just concluded senatorial re-run election in Osun state.

“Oyegun caused our defeat in the election because of his failure as a leader. Adeleke left the APC for the PDP because of the inconsistency of the party leadership and came back to defeat the party.

“If they knew what they were doing, Adeleke would not have left the APC and we would have been celebrating another victory now. The APC ticket would have been given to him because of the death of his brother,” Comrade Frank told journalists at a press briefing.

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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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