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The National Working Committee NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC last night named Sen. Abiola Ajimobi as its acting National Chairman.
The development followed Tuesday’s affirmation of the suspension of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The party in a late statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said it 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”, the NWC stated.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the following positions are bring canvassed to return Oshiomhole to the office again.
“The APC hierarchy expected the decision of the court of appeal today that’s why they bought time earlier with the stay of execution order so that the party will Fill up the 2 key positions in the NWC – National Vice Chairman South West & Substantive Secretary to ensure that the powerful and all important committee is not hijacked.
“For the party to take decisions on the modalities for their primaries in the forthcoming guber elections & set up committees to oversee the entire process.
“To take concrete measures to arrest the drift in Edo & make sure errant members are sanctioned.
“Adams has finished the job superbly in the period as expected, Obaseki & Shuaibu have left the party so the structure returns to a new office Adams was able to set up in Benin.
“Upholding the suspension by the Appeal court came late for Obaseki & may well have been timed considering the time the judgement was delivered after him & his deputy announced their resignation.
“Oshiomhole doesn’t need to head to the Supreme Court. It’s not a sack but suspension. Only the NEC of APC can remove him.
“All that is required is for the ward to lift the suspension & he is back to duty,” the anonymous analyst said.