APC crisis: Amaechi, Abe’s factions clash as party replaces Giadom

APC crisis: Amaechi, Abe’s factions clash as party replaces Giadom


The leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress worsened on Saturday with two factions of the APC in Rivers State clashing over the proposed replacement of the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Victor Giadom, by Worgu Boms. The APC executive committee in Rivers State which is believed to be loyal to a former Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, had recommended Boms, a former Attonery General and Commissioner of Justice of the state, as replacement for Giadom. The APC National Working Committee has called for the replacement of Giadom, after he claimed to be the acting chairman of the party following the suspension of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. The NWC claimed that Giadom’s position had been declared vacant when he resigned his position to contest the 2019 election as a running mate to the Rivers State governorship candidate, Tonye Cole. However, supporters of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, and those of Abe clashed on Saturday over the plan to replace Giadom with Boms. Amaechi and Abe supporters of the APC in the state have been engaged in a running battle after the party split into two factions following the latter’s interest in the 2015 and 2019 governorship elections, which Amaechi opposed. Also, following Giadom’s resignation prior to the 2019 governorship election, his position as the Deputy National Secretary of the APC was reportedly declared vacant by the party. This was however not a major issue until two weeks ago when he declared himself as the acting national chairman, following the suspension of Oshiomhole as the national chair. Speaking with Sunday PUNCH, the acting National Chairman of the APC, Ajimobi, who spoke through the National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, said the National Secretariat had received communication from the Rivers State chapter of the party with respect to the replacement of Giadom as Deputy National Secretary. He said, “You are aware that on Friday, a competent court of jurisdiction declared Chief Victor Giadom as not being a member of the National Working Committee and should never parade himself as such. “Even before then, there was a resolution by the NWC asking the Southern zone of the party, which I head, to transmit a name for his replacement or filling of the vacancy made possible by his resignation to contest as the deputy governorship candidate of our party in Rivers State. READ ALSO: Obaseki has failed as governor, shouldn’t get PDP ticket –Imasuagbon, Edo governorship aspirant “I want to announce to the world that I am in receipt of the name of a distinguished member of this party from Rivers State to the zone for ratification in the person of Worgu Boms, a former Attorney General of Rivers State. His name has been transmitted to my good office and I want to announce that in the earliest time possible, the South-South zonal executive committee will meet and ratify that name and send the same to the NWC of our great party.” However, the leadership tussle of the APC in Rivers State worsened on Saturday when factions of Amaechi and Abe clashed over Giadom’s replacement. Abe’s faction said Bom’s nomination followed the NWC’s request while Amaechi’s faction described the move as a joke. Livingstone Weche, the media adviser to the acting chairman of the state APC, Aguma, said, “The National Working Committee requested Rivers State to submit a replacement and we have done so and they have accepted it and made it public.” But Amaechi’s faction kicked against Giadom’s replacement. A former publicity secretary of the party in the state, Chris Finebone, told one of our correspondents that the position Boms was told to occupy was not vacant. Finebone insisted that Giadom was now in charge of the party’s affairs at the national secretariat. He said, “Maybe this is arising from Igo Aguma that he has submitted a nomination to fill the position; it is a long way to that situation. “First and foremost, you know that it is impostors that decided to declare the seat of Giadom vacant. There is a subsisting court order which has made him the acting chairman of the party and for that court decision to subsist, it means that he’s a member of the National Working Committee. “They are simply joking because the position is not vacant. Chief Victor Giadom is still in that position; he is only an acting national chairman based on the order of the court. “So before you begin to talk of replacement, that is a different ball game altogether and we cannot talk about it because those who claim that they have made his seat vacant are impostors. “Somebody like Hilliard Eta and all others are impostors and is even not in the calculations. So, there is no basis for him to claim to lead the National Working Committee to question the authenticity of Victor Giadom.” I can’t be replaced, Giadom insists Reacting to the news that a replacement had been found for him, Giadom told one of our correspondents via telephone, “That is the rascality we are trying to correct in this party. You cannot pick somebody from his house and make him a member of the National Working Committee of our party. There are processes. “One is the issue of the order given by a High Court in Port Harcourt. I wouldn’t want to go into that because I know there is a subsisting court order from an Abuja High Court, a court of coordinate jurisdiction, affirming me as the acting national chairman. My coming in as acting chairman is to stop this kind of unconstitutionality.” Ward members lift Oshiomhole’s suspension, chair disagrees Meanwhile, the Chairman of the APC in Etsako Ward 10, Mr Oshawo Stephen, has dismissed reports that Oshiomhole’s suspension as the APC National Chairman had been lifted. Stephen said this in a statement barely hours after Emuakemeh Sule, Secretary of Ward 10, said 17 members out of 26 signed the resolution lifting Oshiomhole’s suspension. Oshiomhole was suspended by the party in November 2019 following his protracted disagreement with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State. It was on this basis an FCT High Court ordered Oshiomhole’s suspension as the APC National Chairman. While reading his committee’s resolution dated June 4, Sule said they did not find any merit in the allegations that led to Oshiomhole’s suspension. However, Stephen said in a statement that the ward executives who were elected into office in 2018 remained intact and had not been displaced by anybody, describing the claims of the lifting of the suspension as a charade. The statement read in part, “The suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the ward executives remains valid. The statements to the contrary in the media are false and should be disregarded. We stand by our decision and have no reservation on the action as it is in the best interest of the party. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Adebutu, Kashamu’s firms fight dirty over betting game rights “The ward executives, as well as our counterparts at the Etsako West Local Government level, stand by the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole for his divisive role in the crisis rocking the APC in Edo State.” Convene NEC meeting now, Oyegun, Nabena tell Buhari Meanwhile, a former Chairman of the APC, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and the APC governors to urgently convene a National Executive Committee meeting to address the leadership crisis rocking the ruling party. He also asked for the set-up of a caretaker committee. He said, “There is an urgent need for the party’s NEC to meet and institute for the party a caretaker committee (even if we have to invoke the doctrine of necessity), whose main responsibility will be to arrange for a special national convention. “The All Progressives Congress was built on the blood and sweat of Nigerians, young and old, too numerous to count, who were willing to give everything in the service of progressive politics.” Also, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, urged the President to convene a NEC meeting to prevent the party from imploding. In an interview with one of our correspondents, Nabena said, “I call on our dear President to accede to the request by the majority of well-meaning party members and leaders and convene an emergency NEC meeting to address the leadership crisis and deliberate on consolidating the APC’s control of Edo and Ondo states ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections.” Also, a member of the House of Representatives from Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma/ Obowo, Federal Constituency of Imo State, Chike Okafor, urged Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the party. In the meantime, supporters of the governorship aspirant of the APC in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Saturday, urged a judge of the Federal High Court in Benin, Justice Mohammed Umar, to withdraw from further presiding over the party’s case before him because of his perceived personal interest in the matter. Addressing a press conference in Benin, Ize-Iyamu’s supporters under the aegis of Justice for All, Edo State, alleged that the judge refused to take a plea from counsels for the APC and Ize-Iyamu who had the backing of the counsels of both the Inspector-General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission. By John Alechenu, Eniola Akinkuotu, Chukwudi Akasike, Samson Itode and Peter David

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