APC crisis deepens as party’s NWC disowns Gaidom, upholds Ajimobi as acting national chairman/

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress has upheld former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

On Wednesday, the crisis rocking the APC assumed a new dimension when Victor Giadom declared himself as the acting national chairman of the party.

He had consequently dismissed the disqualification of Obaseki from the screening for APC primary in Edo State.

But reacting to his claim, the party had insisted Giadom’s membership of the NWC ceased when he resigned to contest the Deputy Governorship position in Rivers State.

The APC National Vice-Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, who reacted to Giadom’s claim in a chat with the media, said the party’s arrangement for Edo guber poll remains unchanged.

His words: “You said chief Victor Gaidom has annulled the screening of Edo state governorship aspirants. Even a properly elected chairman that is currently on suspension cannot on his own make such decision.

“Chief Victor Gaidom has long ceased to be a member of the NWC. He has voluntarily resigned his membership to be able to contest as deputy governorship candidate of our party.

“And, at no time, I supretend over the south-south, and at no time did I present Gaidom again to come to the NWC. You can check all the records and you will see that this is the fact.

“I’m very sure that if chief Victor Gaidom had been a young man he would have enrolled into the military and conducted a coupe and become a military administrator or a sole administrator of whatever but not in the party of change or progress that we are in.”

Also speaking, APC’s spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement, backed Eta’s position, explaining he was appointed to act on Ajimobi’s behalf since the former governor is “unavoidably absent”.

Issa-Onilu  said: “The national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rose from a meeting at the party’s national secretariat on Wednesday affirming senator Abiola Ajimobi as the Party’s Acting National Chairman following the Appeal Court’s ruling affirming the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as National chairman and in line with Section 14.2 (iii) of the Party’s Constitution.

“Due to senator Ajimobi’s unavoidable absence, NWC unanimously appointed the Party’s National Vice Chairman (South South), Prince Hilliard Etta to act on Sen. Ajimobi’s behalf, an action backed by the Party’s constitution which empowers the NWC to appoint one of its members in acting capacity and stipulates that the acting National chairman must be from the zone of the National Chairman.”