APC appoints Ajumobi acting chair
…As court upholds Oshiomhole’s suspension
By Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has named former Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajumobi as its acting national chairman. This followed Appeal Court affirmation of the suspension of the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole recently.
This was confirmed in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu.
It said the party received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of its national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit.
“Guided by advice from the party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2 (iii) of the party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the party’s Acting National Chairman,” the statement said. It added: “According to Section 14.2. (iii), of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone.’’
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday affirmed the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomole as a member and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ruling on the interlocutory appeal filed by Comrade Oshiomhole, the appellate court upheld the decision of the Federal Capital Territory High Court delivered by Justice Danlami Senchi which in March ordered the suspension of Oshiomhole as well as restraining him from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.
In a unanimous judgement in the first appeal delivered by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the court held that the FCT High Court had territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did.
The court also withdrew his rights and privileges as national chairman of the party including his security details. The appeal court predicated its decision on the ground that Comrade Oshiomole as the first appellant is based in Abuja while the APC also has its national headquarters in the capital city.
In the judgment on the second appeal delivered by Justice Mohammed Lamido, the court disagreed with Comrade Oshiomhole that their right to a fair hearing was breached by the trial court.
Justice Lamido further said that there was no basis for the two appellants to hold that they were denied fair hearing during proceedings at the FCT High Court. It further held that the suspension of Comrade Oshiomole from Ward 10 of Etsako Local Government Area of Edo State was ratified at the ward, local and state government levels as required by law.
It said the identity of those who suspended him was not in doubt because in their unchallenged affidavit they made it clear that they were party members and its officers, therefore the appeal lacked merit. Comrade Oshiomhole and the APC are the appellants in the two dismissed appeals