Saturday, 7 March 2020

After Kano Court Order, Police, Dss Storms APC Secretariat, Restrains Movement Olusegun Ariyo




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In spite of a favourable order of a federal high court sitting in kano vacating an interlocutory order restraining the All Progressive Congress National chairman (APC), Adams Oshiomhole from holding his exalted seat as the chairman, it was unclear as to whether the verdict of the court still subsist as heavily armed security man was seen restraining movement within the secretariat and had to seal the party secretariat


As early as 7pm, Urban Express-News Correspondent observed deployments of heavily armed security personnel, it is unknown what their mission could be, but one of the party members who  spoke on condition of anonymity said the development may be a mechanism used to avoid bloody  confrontation between anti and Pro-Oshiomhole groups in the event any of the interested parties resume work
The security personnel politely stopped both party secretariat staffers and curious journalists from gaining access to the premises throughout the day.
It was still unclear, yesterday night if Oshiomhole would get the nod of the Police authority to access the party secretariat.
A party stalwart who preferred to give information on the condition of anonymity told our correspondent that Oshiomhole, alongside some members of the National Working Committee (NWC), met with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on the need to facilitate his entry into the secretariat in accordance with the Kano court order, which was in sharp contrast with an order of an Abuja High Court presided by Justice Danlami Senchi, which upheld his suspension.
The development came as a crack team of the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the precinct of the secretariat around 4pm when news filtered in that Oshiomhole was on his way to there.
The heavily armed guards, who rode in power bikes positioned themselves at the strategic part of the Blantyre Street, where the secretariat is located.
The Development happened barely 30 minutes after unidentified aides to Oshiomhole, driving in a black tinted Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep was barred from gaining access to the secretariat.
Scores of other security operatives and persons in support and opposed to the embattled party chairman stood by, observing the situation on the ground. Meanwhile, governors elected of the party’s platform, under the aegis of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), threw their weight behind Oshiomhole’s suspension.
PGF’s Director-General, Mr Salihu Lukman, described the Abuja High Court injunction against Oshiomhole as “a big opportunity” to reposition the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Forum, while acknowledging the existence of the conflicting court order called for the appointment of an acting chairman, pending the determination of the issue relating to the legality of the suspension of Oshiomhole in court.
Absolving President Muhammadu Buhari of blame in the crises rocking the party, the Forum called on the NEC to convene to resolve pending issues relating to the affairs of the party.
It claimed that members of the Oshiomhole-led NWC have constituted themselves into an unaccountable assembly with a thuggish temperament, which seeks to browbeat every other member, especially aspiring candidates, into submission.
It noted: “The reality is that our party is faced with a big problem, whereby none of our organs is meeting, as provided by the constitution. In fact, we are even not sure who our members are. There is, therefore, the urgent need to resume the process of party building with confirmation of our members, as well as recruiting new members.
“This has to be followed with processes of leadership reformation through wards, local governments and states congresses to the national convention. How can we get all these started? First, pending the settlement of all the cases around Oshiomhole’s membership, we need to invoke provisions of Article 17 (vi), which provides that in the event of a vacancy, ‘the relevant Party organ shall appoint another person to act in his place, pending ratification by the National Convention or Congress.’
“The relevant party organ in this case may have to be the NEC. Given all the vacancies, about six so far- National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman (South), Deputy National Chairman (North), National Vice Chairman (North West), National Secretary and National Auditor- who convene the NEC?
“This is where the organising, consultation and negotiating capacity of our leaders will be tested. Combinations of the majority of the remaining members of the NWC, in consultation with the President, Governors, other party leaders who are leading members of the national caucus, can resolve all these issues and convene the NEC to appoint an acting national chairman.
“With the appointment of an acting national chairman, the next would be to seek to invoke provisions of Article 25 A (i) of the APC constitution, which stipulates that the ‘National Convention of the Party shall be held once in Two (2) years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the NWC and approved by the NEC, subject to the giving of statutory notice to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least fourteen (14) days notice given to members eligible to attend.’
“Already, this is the second year since the last convention in 2018, where the Oshiomhole-led NWC was elected. What this means is that with or without our current challenges, we are actually due for a national convention. 


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