Following the late night appointment on Tuesday of Chief Abiola Ajimobi as the acting national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Victor Giadom has said that he is the authentic acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
He cited a ruling of the FCT High Court to justify his claim.
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.
A statement issued by Wole Afolabi, the counsel to the plaintiff in the suit filed at the FCT High Court, 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 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.
Kindly find attached the said Court Order.
CHIEF WOLE AFOLABI,
Counsel to the Plaintiff.”
Ajimobi’s appointment was announced in a statement issued by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, national publicity secretary of the party.