The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has taken another dimension as two persons are laying claim to the party’s top office.
The party’s national publicity secretary of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Tuesday, said National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the appointment of ailing Senator Abiola Ajimobi as acting national chairman.
The announcement was quickly dismissed by Chief Victor Giadom who insisted he is the authentic acting national chairman of the APC following a ruling of the Federal Capital Teritory High Court.
Giadom who is the party’s Deputy National Secretary said he is the highest ranking official following the ruling of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, which upheld Oshiomhole’s suspension and declared all his actions since his suspension, null and void.
Giadom, who spoke through his counsel, Wole Afolabi, said consequent upon an order of the FCT High Court issued on March 16, 2020, by Hon. Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/202, “Chief Victor Giadom is to act as the National Chairman.”
A statement issued by his lawyer, Wole Afolabi, reads:
COURT RECOGNIZES VICTOR GIADOM AS ACTING NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF APC
Our attention has been drawn to a Statement purportedly issued by the Publicity Secretary of the APC to the effect that Senator Abiola Ajumobi is to act as the National Chairman of APC following the suspension from office of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Court of Appeal.
We wish to state that the statement must have been issued in complete ignorance of the order of the FCT High Court issued on 16th of March, 2020, by Hon. Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 to the effect that Chief Victor Giadom is to act as the National Chairman of the party due to the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman.
The order was given the same day that the Court of Appeal earlier gave Oshiomhole a temporary respite by staying the execution of the said order suspending Oshiomhole. Now that the Court of Appeal has affirmed the order of suspension, it is only proper that the Order recognizing Chief Victor Giadom is implemented.
Consequently, we have written to all law-enforcement agencies to implement the said order and any one who attempts to parade himself/herself other than Chief Victor Giadom as the Acting Chairman of the APC would be facing contempt of court proceedings.
Kindly find attached the said Court Order.
CHIEF WOLE AFOLABI,
Counsel to the Plaintiff.