- There is more confusion in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
- A party chieftain in Ekiti says the appointment of Senator Abiola Ajimobi is an illegality
- The Ekiti APC chieftain, Michael Akinleye, says the appointment is a contempt of court
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Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ado Ekiti local government area of Ekiti state, Michael Akinleye on Wednesday, June 18 threatened to institute an action against the appointment of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as acting national chairman of the ruling party.
Akinyele in a letter addressed to the National Working Committee (NWC) through his counsel Tunde Oke, said NWC’s decision appointing Ajimobi is “outright nullity and contempt of court.”
The APC chieftain informed the NWC that there is still a pending case before the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, praying against any nomination of anyone to fill the vacant position, pending the determination of the suit.
Akinleye argued that until the case is determined, Senator Ajimobi’s purported appointment into any position in the APC is null and void.
Ajimobi's appointment as APC deputy national chairman (south) had caused rumbles in the party, especially among southwest chieftains.
The argument by those opposed to Ajimobi's appointment is that the position ought to be taken over by an APC chieftain from Ekiti state.
This is because the former occupant of the office, Otunba Niyi Adebayo was from the state.
Adebayo, a former governor of Ekiti, was nominated as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari last year. He is the current minister of trade and investment.
Ajimobi's appointment was said to have been influenced by the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The appointment was said to have caused anger among Ekiti APC chieftains prompting the lawsuit by Akinleye.
Meanwhile, Senator Ajimobi has stated that he will convene a National Executive Council meeting of the APC soon.
The former governor of Oyo state was reacting to his emergence as the APC acting national chairman on Tuesday, June 16.
Ajimobi spoke through his special adviser, communication and strategy, Bolaji Tunji after he took over the leadership of the party.
“We should, therefore, let peace continue to reign until we call the NEC meeting and take a position on the way forward,” he said.
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