APC crisis: Factions continue battle as court affirms Giadom party chair

The All Progressives Congress Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, who, on Wednesday, declared himself as the acting national chairman after the Court of Appeal suspended the substantive Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday obtained a court order affirming him as the acting chairman.
The High Court of Federal Capital Territory, which gave the latest order, also directed Giadom to preside over the party’s National Executive Committee meetings.
But 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.
On Thursday,  the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,  extended its March order, which allowed Giadom to act as the national chairman.
The court permitted  Giadom to act as the national chairman of the party for 14 days.
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.
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,” Bature stated.

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