Frank faults inclusion of El-Rufai as restructuring panel chairman 

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank, has condemned the appointment of Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-rufai as Chairman of the party’s restructuring clarification committee.

Reacting to the setting up of the El-Rufai led 10-man committee to articulate APC’s notion on restructuring, Frank warned the party leadership not to play politics with the issue.

In a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday, Frank said: “El-rufai has not hidden his opposition to the issue of restructuring since Nigerians began to remind us of our promise, which is boldly written in our party’s Promise Book; hence the need to remove him, because he does not believe in it.

“He has also called some of our leaders and former heads of state different names because of this issue.”

The APC chieftain recalled that El-rufai, while speaking recently on a television programme, described those calling for the restructuring of Nigeria as “political opportunists and irresponsible.”

Frank, who acknowledged that restructuring is one of the promises in APC manifestoes, warned that it would amount to deceit if the party reneged on its promise.

He reminded the governors elected on the party’s platform and its National Working Committee (NWC) that the promise of restructuring was one of the reasons Nigerians massively voted for the party in 2015, saying: “Such issue is non-negotiable and should be a priority that must be fulfilled.”

He called on APC Governors Forum, National Assembly leaders and all the national leaders of the party to have a rethink on the issue, saying most Nigerians believe that restructuring would address various agitations ongoing in the country, noting: “I see not reason for setting up a committee for something that is not negotiable at this time.”

Frank assured Nigerians that no matter how some individuals try to manipulate the promise, others, like him, in the party would not keep quiet until the right things are done.

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