The Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Victor Giadom, has kicked against the appointment of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as acting National Chairman of the party.
An Appeal Court on Tuesday upheld the earlier ruling of an Abuja High Court, which on March 4, 2020, suspended Oshiomole and asked him to stop parading himself as the national chairman of the party and this has created a need for a temporary replacement. The National Working Committee, NWC, appointed the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the acting National Chairman.
Giadom, in a statement by his lawyer, Chief Wole Afolabi has insisted that he was to serve as the Acting Chairman and not Ajimobi.
He asserted that the order of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court issued on March 16, 2020 by Hon. Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 to the effect that Chief Victor Giadom to act as the National Chairman of the party following the suspension of Oshiomhole remained valid and that the High Court order nullified the appointment of Ajimobi.
In his statement, Giadom added, “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 anyone who attempts to parade himself/herself other than Chief Victor Giadom as the Acting Chairman of the APC would be facing contempt of court proceeding.”
The appeal court also upheld the withdrawal of Oshiomhole’s entitlements and privileges as national chairman of the party, including his security details by Police and State Security Service.