Drama is playing out in the ruling party as the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, took a melodramatic twist seeing three persons, within five hours, laying claims to the national chairmanship of the party, in an acting capacity, just few hours after the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s ruling suspending Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as APC national chairman on Tuesday.
The three acting chairmen are Deputy National Chairman, South, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Deputy National Secretary of the party, Chief Victor Giadom, and National Vice Chairman, South-South, Ntufam Hilliard Eta. As expected, emergence of the three acting chairmen, who all started by issuing conflicting orders, could hurt the party’s June 22 governorship primaries in Edo state as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, gave parties no more than 10 days to conduct their primaries in Edo.
Meanwhile, Obaseki has met with Secondus and PDP govs. There were speculations yesterday that Obaseki is hesitant about reversing his resignation from the APC. However, Obaseki, who said in his twitter handle that he had not defected to any party, met with PDP leaders and governors to firm-up his move into the opposition party. The high-wire parley was ongong at press time.
Initially, Ajimobi first emerged acting chairman Relying on Section 14(2)(iii) of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended) the National Working Committee, NWC, had named Ajimobi as acting national chairman on Tuesday night but it was not until Wednesday morning that a statement credited to him emerged, indicating that he had assumed office by that morning.
Whereas Giadom has already declared himself as acting chair, and nullifies Obaseki’s disqualification Barely an hour later, Deputy National Secretary of the party, Chief Victor Giadom, announced a take-over of party affairs, declaring as invalid all processes which led to the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the June 22 APC primary election in Edo State.
And a section of the NWC has announced the National Vice Chairman, South-South, Ntufam Hilliard Eta as Acting chairman after the court ruling against Adams Oshiomhole.
We shall keep you updated as the drama rocking the ruling party unfolds.