PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he has thrown his support behind Victor Giadom, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) begins the process of replacing the former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and end the crisis rocking the party.
The president’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a series of tweets on Wednesday, said the president made the endorsement after receiving very “convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman.”
Buhari also announced his readiness to attend a virtual meeting with Giadom, APC governors and other party leaders at the State House on Thursday.
Following the sacking of Oshiomhole by the Appeal Court, a crisis of leadership broke out after three chieftains emerged as National Chairman within two weeks, starting after Giadom had declared himself acting national chairman.
The APC National Working Committee (NWC) last Wednesday, affirmed Abiola Ajimobi while announcing the National Vice Chairman (South-South), Prince Hilliard Etta, as its new acting National Chairman.
Last Wednesday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the NWC’s decision was ‘in line with Section 14.2 (iii) of the Party’s Constitution.’
As the crisis lingered, Shehu urged “the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.”
Following the suspension of Oshiomhole by Appeal Court in Abuja last Tuesday, Giadom rationalized his assumption of office as acting national chairman.
He said that the court had ordered it when Justice S.U. Bature on March 16, suspended Oshiomohle.
According to him, “the Order could not be immediately effected at that time because of the temporary reprieve Oshiomohle got from the Court of Appeal on the same date.
“I most humbly inform you that I have assumed office as Acting National Chairman of our great party in compliance with the order of the court.”
He solicited the support of the party leadership and assured “party members that the All Progressives Congress will obey court orders/judgements as to bring sanity to our great party. Time for selective compliance of Court Orders and judgements is over.”
Giadom immediately cancelled the controversial screening, which disqualified incumbent governor of the Edo State, Godwin Obaseki from seeking reelection.
He noted that the party “will no longer allow local quests for the control of power to influence our decisions. As your Acting National Chairman and presiding officer in the NWC, we therefore cancel the decision of the Screening and Appeal Committees of the former Chairman of the party on the Edo primaries.”
He called it “a brazen rape on the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the former Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle to preside and select Committees in respect to the Governorship primaries in Edo State being a key player in the crisis in that State.”