The crisis pervading the rank and file of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the national level, seems to be getting clearer as to where the loyalty of the President tilts, as the factional acting National Chairman, Chief Victor Giadom has convened, today, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee NEC of the party, to be held in the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
In a widely circulated invitation letter, which is even on the social media, as monitored by the Vanguard, the meeting is slated for Thursday, this week inside Aso Rock Villa. This is seen as an overwhelming evidence of where the loyalty of President Muhammadu Buhari lies in the factional leadership war among the warring contenders.
According to reports, the meeting would hold on Thursday, at the Presidential Villa as opposed to having it at the traditional “NEC Meeting Hall” within the party’s national secretariat. However, only a few of the 120-member NEC have been cleared to be physically present at the Villa as others would be required to join the meeting through virtual the means.
Its also reported that the decision to hold the emergency meeting might be as a result of the fall out of the meeting held between the Nigerian President and some APC Governors, on Monday, in the Presidential Villa.
Also, the Inspector General of Police IGP, Muhammed Adamu,on Tuesday, ordered the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force to seal off the National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to avoid a break into the office of the Deputy National Secretary.
The Secretariat, which was reopened by the men of Nigeria Police, after about four hours of closure, has again been sealed, on Thursday, by the FCT Commissioner of Police, on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
The decision to seal the office on Tuesday, as stated by the Poliwhich party sources said was necessitated by the need to ensure public order and safety in and around the secretariat was largely as a result of an alleged attempt by the newly-inaugurated Deputy National Secretary, Barr. Worgu Boms to access the office which is still occupied by the factional acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Giadom.
It was learnt that on Monday, there were moves to get Mr Boms into the office, which was under lock and key, but the present occupant, Chief Giadom came in briefly, at about mid of the day, apparently, to forestall forceful entry into the office.
The official spokesman of the party said, “That incident happened yesterday (Monday). So, in order to avoid a possible clash today (Tuesday) the police decided to seal off the premises, while the IG would meet with the contending forces.”
Earlier, what was described as the resignation of Chief Victor Giadom from the NWC of the party was, on Sunday, upheld by the South South Zonal chapter of the APC, who urged the NWC to confirm and immediately swear in the zone’s nominee, Barr. Worgu Boms, as replacement for the position of deputy national secretary.
Barr. Worgu Boms was, thereafter, inaugurated by the NWC, on Monday, following which he was said to have made attempts to occupy his new office at the national secretariat of the party.
In the midst of the the raving political intrigues, The South-South Zonal Executive Committee declared that it was in receipt of an interim Court Order in respect of the suit Between Dele Moses &Ors Vs APC &Ors, with suit number PHC/360/2020; dated 19th June, 2020.
According to the party, “The said Court Order restrained Hon. Victor Giadom from further parading himself as the Deputy National Secretary, Acting National Chairman and as a member of the National Working Committee of the APC. The Zonal Executive Committee, therefore unanimously resolved to obey the Court Order."
The statement added that, “That having considered and approved the nomination of Barr. Boms Worgu from Rivers State by the South-South Zonal Executive Committee, Barr. Worgu, is therefore affirmed to be the new Deputy National Secretary and a member of the National Working Committee of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress."
The party at the zone added that, “It is therefore resolved that, Barr. Boms Worgu’s nomination be confirmed by the National Working Committee NWC and be sworn in immediately, pending ratification by the National Executive Committee NEC of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress APC.”
Meanwhile, the self declared acting national Chairman, Giadom in his letter to NEC members said he was duly authorised to convene the NEC meeting through an order of court to act as National Chairman of the party.
He declared, “I, Chief Victor Giadom, having been duly authorized by Court Order to Act as National Chairman of our great party and to preside over all meetings of the NWC and NEC hereby and with the consent of the President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (who is the leader of our Party) reconvene the NEC meeting that was earlier billed to hold on the 17th of March, 2020, but was postponed. The reconvened meeting shall hold on Thursday, June 25th, 2020. Venue shall be the State House, Abuja.”
A cursory glance at the APC constitution reveals that the emergency meeting called by Giadom is a breach of the party’s own Constitution, which stipulates at least a seven-day notice be given to members before such a meeting is held.
According to Article 25B(i and ii) of the APC Constitution (2014 as amended) states; “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.
“Without prejudice to Article 25(B)(i) of this Constitution, the National Working Committee may summon an emergency National Executive Committee meeting at any time, provided that at least seven days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to all those entitled to attend”.
In the meantime, Victor Giadom, the sacked deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), issued a notice for the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC, which the NWC of the party asked Nigerians to disregard.
The APC, Nigeria’s ruling party, has been thrown into a leadership crisis after the Court of Appeal upheld the suspension of its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, some few days ago.
Following the court ruling, Mr Giadom, defiant to a decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, declared himself the acting chairman of the party. He claimed to be backed by a court order, and also have the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Following the appointment of the deputy national chairman (South), Abiola Ajimobi, as the acting chairman, a position he could not occupy not occupy due to ill health, the mantle of leadership of the party, constitutionally, falls on Hilliard Eta, who is the South South zone of the party.
However, Mr Giadom, not only went ahead to declare himself as the acting national chairman, but also announce the ‘cancellation’ of the APC screening which led to the disqualification of the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, from contesting the party governorship primary in Edo state.
In addition, Giadom sent a letter, personally signed by him, to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, informing the electoral body that the NEC meeting of APC, would take place at the Presidential Villa, on Thursday, by 10am.
An acknowleged copy of the stamped letter, which went viral, indicated that INEC had received the letter sent by the factional acting National Chairman of the party.
From the foregoing, it is crystally clear that Chief Victor Giadom, was acting a well scripted act which has the evident support of those in the helms of affairs in the country. If not, a regime like the one in power, would have contained Chief Victor Giadom.