• Ajimobi sues for peace
• Giadom cancels Obaseki’s disqualification
• Eta declares Giadom’s seat vacant
Observers have been thrown into confusion with the current developments within the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress as three party stalwarts who are also members of the National Working Committee slug it out to take over as acting Chairman.
The Ravens earlier reported how the internal wrangling rocking the APC has taken a new turn with the vacuum created by the suspension of Mr Adams Oshiomole as National Chairman as members of the NWC are divided sharply on who to take over.
A faction of the NWC has declared Senator Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo State and Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress as the acting Chairman. Issa-Onilu, National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party made this known in a statement, saying their decision was guided by the party’s constitution.
The Ravens learnt that Ajimobi is in a critical medical condition and under intensive care somewhere in Lagos. Unconfirmed reports also say that the one-time lawmaker has recuperated from the state of coma.
Reacting to his appointment, Ajimobi, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji on Tuesday, 16, June 2020, said he has accepted the appointment and is ready to take over as he sued for peace among stakeholders.
In the statement, Ajimobi disclosed that a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC), would be called soon to resolve all contentious issues.
According to him, “We should, therefore, let peace continue to reign until we call the NEC meeting and take a position on the way forward.
The statement also read, “The appointment of Senator Ajimobi received the support of five of the Six South-West states of Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ogun and Lagos with Ekiti alone protesting the nomination. This was however not enough to stop the nomination as Ajimobi had the majority of the states in the zone supporting his nomination. Ajimobi’s appointment into the NWC was further affirmed by a Federal High Court.
Meanwhile, Deputy National Secretary of the APC, Mr Victor Giadom has disagreed with the decision of the NWC, arguing that he is to take over as acting National Chairman in the light of Oshiomole’s suspension.
Giadom alluded to a court judgement supporting his position as he emphasised that Ajimobi’s election as Deputy National Chairman (South) has been upturned by a court ruling.
In a new development, Giadom has also reportedly taken over as acting National Chairman of the APC, cancelling the disqualification of Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki from participating in the forthcoming APC primary in the state.
Reports reaching The Ravens also indicate that Hilliard Eta, South-South Vice Chairman of the APC has declared self as acting National Chairman of the APC, while naming Uzodinma Edo Primary Election Chair. The Eta-led National Working Committee also declared the seat of Victor Giadom, APC’s Deputy National Secretary vacant.
As things appear now, there is yet to be an end in sight to the internal wrangling within the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress as political permutations and calculations are still ongoing.