By Shola Abayomi.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his weight behind one of the claimants to the Ag. chairmanship of the APC, Chief Victor Giadom, who was deputy national secretary of the party.
In a statement Wednesday by presidential spokesman,
Garba Shehu via the micro blogging site, Twitter, the president was said to have received advice on the position of the law regarding the Ag. chairmanship issue in the APC.
Shehu also confirmed that Buhari will attend the national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the APC which Giadom fixed for Thursday.
“The President has received 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. Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon,” he said.
“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.
“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our Governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”
A report by a national daily (not INSIDER) reported earlier that Giadom had forwarded a letter dated June 23 to Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), informing him of a scheduled meeting of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) slated for Thursday at the presidential villa.
Since the suspension of Adam Oshiomole as substantive chairman of APC, the party has been enmeshed in a leadership crisis with about three individuals laying claim to the Ag. chairmanship position.
While Abiola Ajimobi, former Oyo governor, was named acting chairman, Giadom said he had taken over the leadership of the party.
On the same day Giadom announced his take over of the party chairmanship position, some national working committee (NWC) memo of the loyal to the former Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi announced that Eta Hilliard, vice-chairman south-south, would act on behalf of Ajimobi who is presently on sick bed.
Eta subsequently suspend Giadom as member of the APC as well as that of the party’s National Working Committee, citing court orders.
Eta spoke when he received the report of Edo governorship primary election at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday night.
“The membership of Victor Giadom has been suspended by a competent court of jurisdiction in Port Harcourt this afternoon. Not only is he no longer a member of the NWC and today his membership has been suspended,” Eta said.