No leadership vacuum in APC, says Issa-Onilu

No leadership vacuum in APC, says Issa-Onilu

- The APC says there is no vacuum in the ruling party at the moment

- The party said the purported exparte order granted in favour of Victor Giadom to take over the affairs of APC is fake

- APC spokesman, Mallam Issa-Onilu said Giadom's claim to the chairmanship of the party is an act of impunity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to reports of an exparte order allegedly granted in favour of Victor Giadom to take over the affairs of the party.

The party in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, June 19 by its spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated that none of the four defendants named in the said process were served with the originating processes in the suit.

He said the APC became aware of the existence of such an order on Wednesday, June 17, through its circulation on social media. 

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No leadership vacuum in APC, says Issa-Onilu
Issa-Onilu accused Giadom of impunity in statement on Friday, June 19. Photo credit: APC
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“A cursory look at the said order will reveal that it was granted on March 16, 2020 to fill a purportedly vacant office of national chairman ahead of a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which turned out to have been convened in contravention of the APC constitution,” he noted.

The party spokesman said there was no vacancy to fill on the said March 16, 2020, as Senator Abiola Ajimobi had already assumed the role of acting national chairman. 

“More instructively, the said order by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was also made after the Court of Appeal had already granted an interim stay of execution of the order of the high court suspending the national chairman.

“The Court of Appeal is, of course, a higher court in the hierarchy of courts and without prejudice to Senator Ajimobi’s role as acting national chairman, by its decision and the operation of law, there was indeed no vacancy to fill necessitating the said order.

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“It will interest the public to note that it is the same exparte order of March 16, 2020, granted in the face of the pending orders of both the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal that is being alleged by Victor Giadom to be extended by the FCT High Court,” he added.

Issa-Onilu went on to say Giadom's current claim to the chairmanship of the APC is not founded on any law but instead on impunity. 

“We assure our teeming members that the APC has no leadership vacuum. By the constitution of the party, Senator Ajimobi has assumed the role of national chairman following the decision of the Court of Appeal upholding the interlocutory injunction suspending the national chairman from office.

“A majority of members of the NWC are determined to preserve our party’s zero tolerance for impunity and will continue to uphold the law in fulfilment of the mandate given to us by members of our great party,” the statement concluded.

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Meanwhile, the chairman of 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 Ajimobi as acting national chairman of the ruling party.

Akinyele in a letter addressed to the NWC through his counsel Tunde Oke, said the decision to appoint Ajimobi is “outright nullity and contempt of court.”

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