- A lot of reactions have trailed Victor Giadom's call for an APC NEC meeting
- The ruling party's NWC has said that Giadom has no legal backing to summon such a high-profile meeting
- The committee insisted that the embattled chieftain remains suspended as a member and officer of the ruling party
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Hilliard Etta, the national vice-chairman (south-south) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the call for a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting by Victor Giadom.
Etta said that Giadom, having been suspended as a member and officer of the ruling party by a high court in Rivers on Tuesday, June 23, has no legal standing to summon a NEC meeting, PM News reports.
He predicated his position on Article 25B(i and ii) of the ruling party's constitution as amended in 2014.
Quoting the provision of the constitution, Etta said: “The National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the national chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-thirds of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen days’ notice is given for the meeting to be summoned."
He also outrightly dismissed the notion that Giadom is a factional chairman of the APC and wondered why people refer to him as a such.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Giadom, the former deputy national secretary of the APC had been sacked from the ruling party by a state high court in Rivers.
Giadom was on Tuesday, June 23, barred from parading himself as a member or officer of the ruling party after the court upheld a suit filed against him by the duo of Okechukwu Chidor Ogbonna and Mac-Lords Peterson.
The court ruled that since Giadom has been suspended by the State Executive Committee (SEC) of APC, Giadom is not allowed to take part in party activities until a determination of the substantive case.
Other respondents in the suit include Igo Aguma, the acting chairman of the APC in Rivers, Victor Giadom and Golden Chioma.
Giving the order, Justice C. Nwogu said: “An order of interim order is hereby made restraining the third defendant from parading himself as an officer or member… or exercising any right or privilege accruable to members….”
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