#APC in Legal Quagmire as Giadom Claimed Chairmanship
The All Progressive Congress is facing legal complications following the court order upholding the suspension of Mr Adams Oshiomole.
Already ,Victor Giadom has announced his claim to leadership through his lawyer.
The statement reads as follows:
“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.”, the lawyer had noted.
Legal experts said none of the two deputy chairmen could take over the party because they were not elected at the 2018 Congress of the party.
An analyst wrote this on the legal questions:
“The three claimants to the position of Acting National Chairman are:
- Abiola Ajimobi
- Lawal Shaibu
- Victor Giadom
Let’s look at their merits:
Abiola Ajimobi claims is that he is the National Deputy Chairman (South) and the Constitution of the party provides for him to act for the chairman from his zone. But by law, the position of the National Deputy Chairman South is still vacant as that same constitution states clearly how one can assume that office. His unilateral appointment by the former chairman or the NWC does not meet the requirements of the Constitution. And he knows it, that’s why the equally illegally appointed National Secretary has not signed any official correspondence from the party secretariat since their supposed appointment. At such, he is just an interloper.
Lawal Shaibu, who is the National Deputy Chairman North, hinges his claim to the Acting National Chairman position on the legal vacancy of the position of Acting National Chairman South stated above. He was suspended by the NWC, albeit in contravention of the Constitution of the party, and later recalled in the aftermath of the suspension of the former chairman. His position as the National Deputy Chairman North is not in doubt to my understanding. However, the Constitution does not provide for him to act for a Chairman not from his zone, even in the absence of his colleague from the other zone. The Constitution is silent on this so he can not assume the Acting chairmanship position constitutionally. He would need a court interpretation/order or appointment by the NEC (which can constitutionally act as a national convention) before he can assume the position. He has got neither of the above.
Victor Giadom is the Deputy National secretary and he lays claim because of the constitutional vacancy of the Deputy National Chairman and the National Secretary. Since those appointments have not been ratified yet by the NEC, they are still vacant. And this is true. But above all, he has got a court order recognizing him as the Acting National Chairman. So until that order is set aside, he is the legally recognized Acting National Chairman of the party”
APC leaders are said to be in consultation on how to resolve the complications.
Meanwhile, Director-General, Progressives Governors Forum, Mallam Salihu Lukman has appealed to leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rescue the party from imminent collapse.
In a statement, Mallam Salihu urges aggrieved party members who are true lovers of democracy not to leave due to what he calls leadership high handedness.
The statement stressed the need for absolute fairness in the running of affairs of the party by the National Working Committee particularly the need to produce an authentic membership register.
It expresses concern over the manner the affairs of the party were handled by the National Working Committee which led to the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the governorship contest.
The statement stresses the need to have a party leadership that will apply the constitutional provisions of the party before it is too late.