By G9ija

Timi Frank, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that a group of APC governors who are unhappy with the party leadership, are pressuring President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his decision on the old N500 and N1,000 notes.

According to Frank, the governors are hoping that the President’s reconsideration will lead to an out-of-court settlement on their grievances.

Timi Frank, who is known to be a supporter of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, expressed concerns that the pressure from the group of dissatisfied APC governors to settle the cases over the naira redesign policy outside of the Supreme Court was so intense that he worried President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, might give in to their demands.

Frank made this claim in a statement he issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

Timi Frank’s concern was voiced after a crucial meeting on Sunday between the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Adamu, and the governors of the party, which took place at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

The meeting commenced at approximately 2:37 pm and was attended by 12 governors and two deputies. Later on, the APC’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, joined the meeting at around 4:45 pm. As reported by BIZTELLERS.

After the meeting, the APC and the Progressive Governors Forum issued a statement calling on Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to uphold the Supreme Court’s decision on the naira redesign policy.

On Monday, Dr. Abdullahi Adamu had another meeting behind closed doors with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the three APC governors who filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government, seeking a restraining order to halt the full implementation of the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The governors in question were Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).

The meeting between Dr. Abdullahi Adamu, Abubakar Malami, and the three aggrieved APC governors took place for just over an hour, starting at approximately 1:35 pm on Monday. However, after the meeting, none of the attendees agreed to speak to the press.

Timi Frank responded to the recent developments by claiming that he received intelligence indicating that the Attorney General of the Federation was considering the APC’s request to resolve the case outside of court before the upcoming election on Saturday.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remain mindful of his promise to ensure free, fair, and credible elections as his parting legacy to Nigerians. Frank also urged Abubakar Malami to uphold the people’s interests by not succumbing to the intense pressure from the group of dissatisfied governors.

He said, “Buhari must keep to his words by not bowing to the unholy pressure of the APC’s governors to settle out of court and to have N1,000 and N500 notes reintroduced.

“APC governors don’t have the interest of Nigerians at heart. We have seen how they have serially blackmailed the president to do their bidding in recent past.

“Now they are trying to blackmail the AGF to withdraw his suit challenging their own case for an out-of-court settlement during the sitting of the apex court on Wednesday.”

“Nigerians should know that we have only three days to go. Let us bear the pains for the next three days.Otherwise, the elections would be compromised through massive vote-buying by the APC and its governors and the present order of cluelessness and hardship would continue.”

The Chief Spokesman for the APC presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo, responded to the possibility of an out-of-court settlement by stating that nothing is impossible in law.

He added that it was best to wait and see what happens, saying “Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”