VICTOR Giadom, Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Wednesday declared himself as the acting National Chairman of the party.
Giadom also nullified the disqualification of Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State from participating in the party’s governorship election in Edo State.
Speaking during a press briefing which held at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, Giadom stated that the Tuesday’s ruling of the Court of Appeal that affirmed the suspension of Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle as the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress paved way for his emergence as the acting National Chairman of APC.
“Consequently, I bring to your notice that on the 16th of March 2020, Hon Justice S.U. Bature in suit no FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 had ordered that, with the earlier suspension of Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, I Chief. Hon Victor Giadom should act as National Chairman of our great party,” he said.
He stated that he has assumed office as Acting National Chairman of our great party in compliance with the order of the court.
“That Order could not be immediately effected at that time because of the temporary reprieve Adams Oshiomohle got from the Court of Appeal on the same date. However, having removed the temporary reprieve yesterday by the Court of Appeal and considering the fact that we cannot allow for a vaacum, I most humbly inform you that I have assumed office as Acting National Chairman of our great party in compliance with the order of the court.”
While announcing the cancellation of the disqualification of Obaseki by the party’s Screening Committee, he said the decision was in strict compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that forbids anyone who is interested in a cause to be a judge in that same cause.
“As your Acting National Chairman and presiding officer in the NWC, we therefore cancel the decision of the Screening and Appeal Committees of the former Chairman of the party on the Edo primaries,” Giadom said.
He described as a brazen rape on the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the decision of the former Chairman, Adams Oshiomohle to preside and select Committees in respect to the governorship primaries in Edo State being a key player in the crisis in that state.
Giadom insisted that whatever ‘role the former chairman was given to play in that process by the APC constitution, it cannot override the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which governs all of us.’
He asked all aspirants in the governorship primaries to report for fresh screening between today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday).
APC NWC says Ajimobi remains acting National Chairman
Meanwhile, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has ratified Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo State as the acting National Chairman of APC.
According to a report by The PUNCH, the NWC also disowned Victor Giadom, insisting that his membership of the NWC ceased when he resigned to contest the Deputy Governorship position in Rivers State.
The APC National Vice-Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, who addressed the media soon after Giadom left the party Secretariat, said preparations for the Edo Governorship primary was on course.
It would be recalled that Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, Tuesday evening announced in a statement that the party has selected Ajimobi as its acting National Chairman.
He explained that the enthronement of Abiola Ajimobi, the party’s Deputy National Chairman was in line with the advice of the party’s legal department, backed by the party’s constitution.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit,” the statement read.
Issa Onilu added that the action was “guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.”
According to him, Section 14 subsection (iii) of the APC constitution stated that the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.
Tuesday evening, Ajimobi was reported to have called on all APC Stakeholders to continue to observe the peace as he assumes position as acting National Chairman of the APC.
Oyo Today, reported that Ajimobi spoke on Tuesday night through Bolaji Tunji, his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, following the order of the Court of Appeal affirming the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman.