Chief Victor Giadom has alleged that his position as the acting national Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put the party structure under his control after a court order prevented Adams Oshiomhole from acting as the party’s National chairman.
Naija News recalls the APC was plunged into a leadership crisis after a high court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as the party’s chairman pending the determination of a suit seeking his removal from office.
However, a federal high court sitting in Kano ruled the next day that Oshiomhole should remain in office, nullifying the earlier court order.
The conflicting court judgments have thrown the party into a leadership crisis with various factions laying claim to the leadership structure of the APC.
Reacting particularly to the submission in certain quarters that his call for an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting slated for March 17 was illegal, Giadom maintained that he is now the highest-ranking national officer of the party and he is empowered by the party’s constitution to summon a NEC meeting.
The notice which declared the NEC meeting illegal was signed by Babatunde Ogala Esq, Mallam Lanre lssa-Onilu and Waziri Bulama.
Giadom said: “For the purpose of clarity and putting the issue in proper perspective, I wish to state that the decision to call an emergency National Executive Committee Meeting for March 17. 2020 was taken in strict compliance with the Constitution of the Party.
It is on record that the erstwhile National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole has been suspended by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction. The two Deputy National Chairmen are no longer in office. The next most senior party office: should be the Secretary-General of the party.
But as we all know. The erstwhile National Secretary in the person of Hon. Buni Mai Main is now the Executive Governor of Yobe State. Hence, as the Acting National Secretary, I have the Constitutional Power to steer activities of our great party.
“By Article 14.4 (i) of the Constitution of our great party. The Deputy National Secretary is empowered to act as National Secretary in the absence of the National Secretary and all the actions taken since the emergence of Hon. Buni Mai Mala as Executive Governor of Yobe State are taken in my capacity as the acting National Secretary.
By Article [4.3 (ii) of the Constitution of the party. being the acting National Secretary, l have the power to issue Notices of meetings of National Convention, National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee of the party.
“This is the power I exercised on the March 6 and March 7. 2020 calling for an emergency National Executive Committee of our great party in line with Article 25 (B) (ii) of the Constitution of our great Party”.
“The meeting will provide way forward for the party. knowing that the National Executive Committee is the highest organ of the party after convention. As such. It cannot be shut out of its responsibilities as provided by the Constitution of our great Party”.
Giadom also alleged that Bulama who signed the contravening document as the APC acting national secretary is not recognized by the party’s constitution.
“His alleged nomination as National Secretary of the Party has no legal footing because it fails to meet the requirements provided by virtue of Article 20(l) (a) of the part) constitution. He is definitely not the National Secretary of the party,” Giadom said.