The last is yet to be heard of the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC), following the Appeal Court’s judgement that upheld the suspension of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
It would be the recalled that after the judgement, members of Oshiomhole’s faction of the National Working Committee (NWC) in a statement on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, named former Governor of Oyo state and Deputy National Chairman (south), Abiola Ajimobi, who is critically ill acting National Chairman.
In a swift reaction , the Deputy National Secretary of the Party, Victor Giadom, in a statement by his counsel, Wole Afolabi, said Ajimobi’s appointment is null and void in the light of an order of the FCT High Court issued on March 16, 2020 by Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 to the effect that he is to act as the acting National Chairman following Oshiomhole’s suspension.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement purportedly issued by the Publicity Secretary of the APC to the effect that Senator Abiola Ajimobi 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 recognising 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” the statement said.