*Gaidom lays claim to post
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed an acting national chairman. He is Abiola Ajimobi, the former governor of Oyo State.
This is coming as the Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole.
Lanre Issa-Onilu, said in a statement on Tuesday night that “Guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.
“According to Section 14.2. (iii), of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.”
A three-member panel of the appeal court had earlier affirmed the suspension of Oshiomhole on Tuesday in Abuja.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Lamido, the panel dismissed Oshiomhole’s appeal for lacking in merit.
The panel accordingly affirmed the decision of an Abuja high court which had in early March ordered the suspension of Oshiomhole as APC national chairman.
Oshiomhole was earlier suspended by the APC in Edo State in what is part of his battle with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Meanwhile, Victor Gaidom, deputy national secretary of the party has nullified the disqualification of Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo State, from the party’s governorship primary election in the state.
Gaidom declared himself as the national chairman of the APC following the appeal court judgment which upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.
This has further complicated the crisis in the ruling APC as Ajimobi deputy national chairman, south has been named acting chairman.