- Victor Giadom has written a very powerful letter to INEC concerning the Edo APC primary election
- Giadom said that he never inaugurated any committee to conduct the governorship primary in the state
- The embattled factional acting national chairman of the party urged the electoral body not to approve results from the poll
Victor Giadom, a factional acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the ongoing direct gubernatorial primary election in Edo state.
In a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dated Monday, June 22, Giadom stated that since he did not inaugurate or support any governorship primary election committee said to be headed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, the poll cannot be conducted.
He, therefore, called on INEC not to approve results from the primary election and as such, totally disregard it.
In light of this, Giadom pointed out that the earlier date for the election has been postponed and that a new arrangement will be communicated to the commission.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Giadom had described his suspension as a fluke and weak.
The squabbles in the APC leadership ran into a sharp curve on Sunday, June 21, as Giadom was suspended by the Rivers state chapter of the ruling party.
Giadom who imposed himself as the chairman of the party after Adams Oshiomhole's suspension was upheld by an appeal court amid ranging crises in APC, was sanctioned over allegations of gross disobedience to the APC constitution.
Reacting to his suspension, the former deputy national secretary described the sanction as "ineffective and contemptuous."
Giadom, who spoke through his lawyer Oluwole Afolabi, insisted that the suspension is in contempt with a subsisting court order affirming him as the acting chairman of the ruling party.
“The law is trite that a member of a political party cannot be suspended from the party while he’s in court asserting a vested right as a member of the party,” Afolabi said.
He added: “By attempting to suspend chief Giadom from the party, the characters involved are trying to force a fait accompli on the court and thereby tie the hands of the court."
APC had announced Abiola Ajimobi as the chairman of the party in an acting capacity. The party, however, declared Hillard Eta who is the south-south vice chairman of the party to stand in for Ajimobi who was “unavoidably absent.”
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