The Acting Chairman of APC Victor Giadom on Thursday obtained a court order affirming him as the acting chairman from a High Court of Federal Capital Territory.
The latest order, also directed Giadom to preside over the party’s National Executive Committee meetings. Though the two factions of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday continued their battles for the control of the party.
On Thursday, the FCT High Court extended its March order, which allowed Giadom to act as the national chairman of the party for 14 days.
Recall that Justice Samira Bature had, on March 16, 2020, in a motion ex parte filed by the APC National Vice Chairman (North-East), Mustapha Salihu, ordered Giadom to be acting chairman.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Wole Afolabi, on Thursday applied to the court for an extension of the interim order and Justice Bature granted a two-week extension of the March 16, 2020 interim order.
The judge cited Rule 3 of the COVID-19 Practice Direction of the FCT High Court.
The order read, “Consequent and in line with Rule 3 of the COVID-19 Practice Direction of the FCT High Court, 2020, the order of this court made on the 16th day of March, 2020 is hereby extended for a period of two (2) weeks. “Application is hereby granted as prayed,”
The court also allowed, Salihu, to act as national secretary pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Joined as defendants in the motion marked FCT/HC/M/6447/2020, are the Legal Adviser of the party, Babatunde Ogala; the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu; the National Secretary, Waziri Bulama and the party APC.
Salihu had in the suit sought an interim order allowing Giadom to pilot the affairs of the party as acting chairman.
He had also in the motion sought an order allowing Giadom to preside at all meetings of the party’s NEC.
The applicant also sought an interim order restraining the APC and its officers or anyone purporting to act as an officer of the 4th defendant (the APC) from preventing or in any way disturbing Giadom from functioning as the acting chairman.
Meanwhile the pro-Oshiomhole faction led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi began consultations with the APC stakeholders in the South-South with the aim of replacing Giadom as the deputy national secretary.
It also went ahead to inaugurate its primary and appeal committees for the Edo State governorship election.
The leadership crisis in the ruling party began on Tuesday when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the judgment of the FCT High Court, which suspended Oshiomhole as the national chairman.
On Tuesday night, the APC National Working Committee held an emergency meeting, where Ajimobi, who is receiving treatment for COVID-19 in a Lagos hospital, was appointed acting chairman.
But on Wednesday morning, Giadom, who cited an order given by the Abuja court in March, declared himself as the acting national chairman.
A few hours later, 15 NWC members led by the National Vice-Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Eta, disowned Giadom and affirmed Ajimobi as the acting national chairman.
When contacted he said they have not been served with The Court Process. The APC national legal adviser said, none of the orders being flaunted by Giadom and associates had been served on the party.
He spoke during a Channels Television Political Programme, Politics Today. He said, “The only person vested with authority to coordinate, receive processes and institute actions on behalf of the party is the National Legal Adviser, no other person has the power, and that is me. I have not been served any of these processes.”