APC Crisis: Pro-Oshiomhole Govs To Meet Buhari To Stop Chair’s Removal
The leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) may get a new twist this week as governors supposedly backing Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s embattled National Chairman, plan to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.
A top member of the party’s NEC, who is sympathetic to Oshiomhole, confirmed on Sunday that the governors would meet President Buhari this week, the Punch reports.
The governors, including Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Babagana Zulum (Borno); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide-Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), will use the meeting to prevail on President Buhari to stop the removal of Oshiomhole.
“Governors Ganduje, Zulum, Oyetola, Sanwo-Olu and Abiodun are scheduled to meet with the President this week to brief him on all the issues,” the source said.
“Our constitution is clear. Party members have to exhaust our internal conflict resolution mechanism before going to court. This was not the case with those who took our party and chairman to court. The constitution is clear about what should happen to such persons.
“The President respects the constitution. Our President, as the leader of the party, will have to intervene in because some of us see him as the rope holding our party’s broom together.”
Oshiomhole was last Wednesday restrained by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja from parading himself as the party’s chairman.
According to Justice Danlami Senchi, the interlocutory injunction was premised on the November 2, 2019 resolution of the Ward 10, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State – Oshimhole’s ward, which suspended the APC National Chairman as a member of the party.
But on Thursday, a Federal High Court in Kano, which is a court of equal jurisdiction with the FCT High Court, voided Oshiomhole’s suspension.
Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, the presiding judge, held that the purported resolution was of no effect and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise no person other than Oshiomhole as the ruling party’s National Chairman.
The battle for supremacy has now turned to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as two factional bodies have disagreed over the convening of a NEC meeting.
Victor Giadom, the party’s Deputy National Secretary, issued a statement on Friday announcing that the party had convened an emergency NEC meeting for March 17.
Giadom signed the statement as “acting National Secretary”.
But another faction of the APC leadership led by Waziri Bulama, APC National Secretary; Babatunde Ogala, APC National Legal Adviser; and Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in a jointly signed statement on Saturday dismissed the conveyance of the meeting.
According to them, neither Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman, nor a resolution of two-thirds of members of the NEC has directed nor made any request to summon a such a meeting as stipulated by the party’s constitution.
They also stated that Giadom is not vested with any powers to convene any meeting of the NEC, neither has he been so directed by the national chairman.