Adams Oshiohmole’s tenure as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress may have come to an end.
With reports that the former Governor of Edo State has practically been barred from accessing his office, with his aides turned back by security operatives, on Friday, that reality appears to be registering to his camp.
It is coming, as APC governors, fingered in the bid to get the embattled APC boss, are said to be getting ready to finish up the job on March 17, when the party’s apparatchik meet to take a final decision on his fate.
Justice Senchi Z. Danlami of an FCT High Court, Abuja, had ordered the suspension of the former National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), which instructed the police to prevent him from further accessing his office.
However, less than 24 hours after the order Wednesday, following an application brought by one Oluwale Afolabi through an an interlocutory injunction for the action, following suspended as a member of the APC by the party in Edo state, Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Kano, invalidated the Abuja order and asked him to return to his office.
On Friday, however, the APC governors through the Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, in a statement, asked Oshiohmole to return to his state to resolve the issue at the local level.
The statement, said: “The only possible remedy to his suspension is to humble himself and go back to his roots and resolve all the causes of the problem.
“What is the root cause of the problem? It is the suspension by his Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
“Since November 2, 2019, the Ward 10 executives passed a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole and suspended him from the party. Somehow, Comrade Oshiomhole and his supporters treated this action of the ward executives with contempt to the point of projecting Comrade Oshiomhole as superior to the Ward.
“We need to invoke provisions of Article 17 (vi) which provides that in the event of a vacancy, “the relevant party organ shall appoint another person to act in his place pending ratification by the National Convention or Congress.
“The relevant party organ, in this case, may have to be the National Executive Committee (NEC). Given all the vacancies about six so far, National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman (South), Deputy National Chairman (North), National Vice Chairman (North West), National Secretary and National Auditor, who convene the NEC? This is where the organising, consultation and negotiating capacity of our leaders will be tested.”
Hours after, on the same Friday, the party announced an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
A statement by the acting National Secretary, Chief (Hon.) Victor T. Giadom, invited all NEC members to attend the emergency meeting in line with Article 25 (B) (II) of the Constitution of the Party.
The meeting is scheduled to hold by 3:00 pm prompt at the National Executive Committee Hall at the party national secretariat in Abuja, according to the statement, which enjoined all members of the National Executive Committee to be seated before the arrival of the President.