The sacked National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, can’t replace him.
Adams Oshiomhole said going by the rules of All Progressive Congress, Giadom was not in the position to take over as Acting National Chairman.
An Appeal Court had upheld the suspensions of Adams Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman, following earlier judgments by a High Court.
Following Oshiomhole’s suspension, Giadom had insisted that he is the APC’s Acting National Chairman for now.
The All Progressive Congress Deputy National Secretary had explained that he has legal backing to assume such a role in Oshiomhole’s absence.
Against the backdrop of Adams Oshiomhole’s suspension, the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) had appointed Senator Abiola Ajimobi Giadom the former Oyo State Governor, as the National Chairman, however, faulted the selection of Ajimobi, saying a High Court order had rendered the ex-governor’s appointments null and void and of no effect
However, Adams Oshiomhole charged Giadom to put the interest of the party first.
Featuring on Channels Television last night, the suspended All Progressive Congress Chairman said: “My advice to my brother, Victor, is about common sense – in the absence of the Chairman, there is nothing in our rules and the court can only interpret the laws of the party and the Constitution of Nigeria.
“It serves the common sense that if the Chairman is absent, it should be the deputy; in the absence of the deputy, it is the vice-chairman. How does the deputy secretary come in? As we speak, we have a secretary in the office. People should put God first, our party’s interest second, and our democracy deep in their hearts and not trying to use any externality to destabilize it.
“Everybody knows that we ought to resolve issues in line with the party’s rule. How can a deputy national secretary, assuming he was still one, claim to be the Chairman?”