APC in turmoil as court suspends Oshiomhole
Not all seems well with the ruling All Peoples Congress, APC, as an Abuja High Court, yesterday, suspended its National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole. Shortly after Oshiomhole’s suspension, the National Working Committee, NWC, approved the nomination of Waziri Bulama as the party’s acting national secretary.
Mr Victor Giadom, a former commissioner in Rivers State, had acted in that capacity and earlier briefed newsmen on developments about the national chairman. Also, yesterday, a detachment of Policemen in four pick-up patrol vehicles stormed and took over the National Secretariat of the APC, about 6.p.m.
They met a group of protesters, who had besieged the area to protest against the Oshiomhole ouster and had a hard time dispersing them. The security unit of the party about 6:55 p.m. asked journalists to quit the premises, saying the secretariat will be locked until 10 a.m. today.
However, mixed reactions yesterday trailed the suspension of Oshiomhole by an Abuja High Court. While the party, through its acting National Secretary, Mr Victor Giadom pledged to obey the court order, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki hailed the development, describing it as a good thing for the party.
This came as former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives,Samson Osagie described the suspension order as mischievous, while lawyers spoken to by Vanguard were split on the development. Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has filed for a stay of execution of the court order.
“Comrade, through his lawyers has filed for a stay of execution of the court order. FCT court suspends Oshiomhole Yesterday, a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Jabi, temporarily suspended Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from performing the duties of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC.