The Topsy-turvy situation rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) regarding the resignation of one of its member, Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy from the party, has just assumed another dimension as a court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has also upheld the decision of the lower court suspending its National chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the party chairman.
But not quite long ago, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has taken to his twitter handle where he initially announced his resignation to say he has not gotten any platform upon which he intends to contest election yet, possibly waiting for another opportunity that may come his way after many disagreements with his estranged Godfather, Adam Oshiomhole whose news of his suspension as the Party chairman filtered some few hours ago.
In a unanimous judgment of a three-man panel led by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the Court of Appeal affirmed the earlier March 4, 2020 order of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, suspending Oshiomhole and barring him from continuing to parade himself as the national chairman of the party.
Recall that Justice Danlami Senchi of the FCT High Court had on March 4, 2020 suspended Oshiomhole as APC’s national chairman on the grounds that the party wrongfully continued to retain him in the office while he was under suspension as a member of the party.
The suit was instituted before the FCT High Court by six applicants.
Together with the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Department of State Services, the six applicants were the respondents to appeal jointly filed by Oshiomhole and the APC.
He resolved all the issues raised in the appeal against Oshiomhole.
He also ruled that the plaintiffs at the lower court who were the respondents in an appeal, placed sufficient materials before the lower court to warrant the granting of the interlocutory order.
Meanwhile, Following the appeal court judgment, the National Working Committee of the APC on Tuesday announced its Deputy National Chairman (South), Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as its acting National Chairman.
The APC, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in Abuja said the NWC “has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s 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.
“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”.