Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Tuesday stated that Victor Giadom does not have the capacity to convene a meeting the National Executive Committee, NEC.
The Ajimobi-led NWC also insisted that there no faction in the national leadership of the party.
They also dismissed claims that a factional acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Giadom has fixed a meeting of the NEC for Thursday.
Addressing a news conference Tuesday at the NEC Meeting Hall in the party’s national secretariat, National Vice Chairman, South-South, Hilliard Eta who stood in for Sen. Ajimobi said it was wrong to refer to 17 of 20 members as a faction.
He said; “It is not right to refer to 17 members, with 15 of them physically present and two who met with us physically as a faction. This is the National Working Committee NWC of the APC in Nigeria. I sit here on behalf of Distinguished Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the acting Chairman of this party”.
He restated the earlier position of the NWC on the status of Chief Giadom, saying he is no longer a member of the party let alone being a party official.
“If Victor Giadom is arranging a NEC, I believe that it is your responsibility as a member of the fourth estate of the realm to investigate his locus to find out whether he has the legal, the constitutional backing to be able to call a NEC meeting.
“As we speak, the membership of Chief Victor Giadom has been suspended by a competent court of jurisdiction in Port Harcourt this afternoon. Not only is he not a member of the NWC from today, but his membership of the APC has also been suspended. So, when you call him factional acting Chairman, we wonder why”, Eta said.
Acknowledges lifting of Oshiomhole’s suspension
Speaking further on the outcome of the NWC meeting which he said was physically attended by 15 members and two others who attended virtually, Eta said; “The NWC is in receipt of communication from the Edo state chapter of our party with regards the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole both by Ward 10 Estako west local and the Estako west local government chapter of our party. We acknowledged the receipt of same and accept the lifting of that suspension.
No crisis in APC
“You said our party Secretariat has become a battleground and I walked in here, I never saw bullets, I never saw guns, I didn’t see anybody in camouflage. So, our part Secretariat is not a battleground and the police has released a piece of information to the entire country signed by Frank Mba, the Force PRO.
“It is not true that our party Secretariat has become a battleground. a lot of people look at disagreements and bickerings in political parties as if it is war. When you have more than two people in a human organization, there are bound to be conflicts, there are bound to be friction”, Eta added.