Those Calling For Oshiomhole’s Removal Will Fail – Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma speaks to journalists. (file photo)

 

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has reacted to the purported removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

Speaking to journalists on Friday in Owerri, the state capital, Uzodinma said those calling for Oshiomhole’s removal will fail.

According to him, patriotic forces within the ruling party will not allow Oshiomhole to be humiliated out of office.

He also accused some members of the party of working with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create a crisis.

“Many of us, leaders of the party, are aware that those clamouring for the chairman’s removal are working with the PDP to destabilise the party but they will fail.

“We will not allow them to humiliate our National Chairman out of office through illegal means or allow any action that will bring the party to public ridicule,” Uzodinma said.

While insisting that the APC chairman has not done anything to warrant his removal, the governor vowed that every arsenal will be deployed to ensure that the plan of those plotting his removal is foiled.

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Speaking further, Uzodinma said the guidelines of the party are clear on how the National Chairman can be removed from office which must be through the National Executive committee (NEC), adding that anything outside that was illegal.

He noted that the plot to remove Oshiomhole is a clear case of witch hunt otherwise those behind it would have come through the proper channel which is the party’s NEC, but they have refused to do so because they know they have no genuine case against him.

The governor also wondered why a genuine APC member will want to remove Oshiomhole who, according to him, has done so well for the party.

Rather than his removal, Uzodinma wants party members to come together, savour their victory at the last elections and plan how to consolidate for the future.

Court Restrains APC’s NEC From Holding Scheduled Meeting

 

The Federal High Court, Lagos has restrained the National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from going ahead with its meeting scheduled for next week Tuesday except a former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi; and two others, Waziri Bulama, and Paul Chukwuma, are allowed to attend.

Justice Mohammed Liman who made the order while ruling on an exparte application today also restrained the APC and its officials from “disturbing, preventing or obstructing Waziri Bulama, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and Paul Chukwuma from carrying out their duties as acting National Secretary, acting National Deputy Chairman (South) and acting National Auditor of the APC, respectively.”

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The exparte application was filed by the Lagos State Chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun.

Balogun, in the application, asked the court to compel the APC to recognise Bulama as the party’s acting National Secretary; Ajimobi, as the acting National Deputy Chairman (South); and Chukwuma, as the acting National Auditor of the party.

He told the court that after the three offices became vacant and were zoned to different geopolitical zones, Bulama was nominated by the North-East; Ajimobi, by the South-West; and Chukwuma, by the South-East.

Balogun said the nomination of Bulama was ratified at the meeting of the APC National Working Committee held on January 14, 2020; while those of Ajimobi and Chukwuma were ratified at the NWC meeting of March 4, 2020.

“By virtue of the ratification stated above, the nominees have become members of the National Executive Council and are entitled by the constitution of the defendant (APC) to work and operate in acting capacities in their respective offices pending their swearing-in at the National Convention of the party.

“In spite of the foregoing, the defendant (APC), acting through its officials and officers, particularly, the Deputy National Secretary, has not allowed the nominees to perform their duties as members of the National Executive Council,” Balogun said.

He also told the court that the APC National Executive Council could not effectively operate unless Bulama, Ajimobi, and Chukwuma were allowed to perform their duties.

He, therefore, asked the court to compel the APC to recognise them.

After listening to the submissions, Justice Liman gave his ruling and ordered that the APC and its officials be put on notice. He adjourned till March 25, to take the Motion on Notice.

APC Leadership Not In Crisis Or Factionalised, Says Issa-Onilu

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A file photo of APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

 

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been factionalised or in crisis.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said this in a statement on Monday.

He, however, explained that contestations were not unusual and not necessarily intractable in a political organisation such as the ruling party.

“The issues being alluded to in the media reports are matters before the courts and should be allowed to run their normal and legal course,” he said.

Issa-Onilu added, “We call on members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Party’s secretariat staff to resume at their offices and continue carrying out their scheduled roles and responsibilities without any fear.”

The party’s spokesman thanked the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and other security agencies for their professionalism in the process of maintaining the peace at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.

He assured members of the party that its leaders were capable of resolving any contestation that may arise within the APC.

According to Issa-Onilu, this will be done bearing in mind the best interests of the party and in the pursuit of progress and development of the country.

APC Denies Convening Emergency National Executive Committee Meeting

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The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the report of an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee.

According to a statement on Saturday, the party noted that the said meeting was scheduled to hold on March 17.

The statement jointly signed by three APC chieftains Babatunde Ogala (National Legal Adviser), Lanre Issa-Onilu (National Publicity Secretary), and Waziri Bulama (National Secretary), said the invitation was credited to the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom.

It, however, stated the conditions for which a national executive committee meeting could be convened as provided by Article 25(B)(i) and (ii) of the APC Constitution.

“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,” the statement said.

The APC chieftains stressed that neither the national chairman nor the resolution of two-thirds of members of the National Executive Committee has directed nor made any request to summon a such a meeting.

According to them, Giadom is not vested with any constitutional powers to convene any meeting of the National Executive Committee, neither has he been so directed by the national chairman.

“The National Working Committee, therefore, disassociates itself from the said illegal and unauthorised notice of meeting of the National Executive Committee.

“Members of the National Executive Committee and the totality of the members of our great party are, therefore, requested to ignore the said notice and/or invitation as a product of mischief that should not be given any probative value.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) shall continue to protect our Constitution and convene its meetings and the National Executive Committee meetings, in accordance with the provisions of the Party Constitution,” the statement added.

Oshiomhole’s Suspension: Lawyer Drags Kano Court Judge To NJC

 

A lawyer, Andrew Emwanta has filed a complaint against a judge of the Federal High Court In Kano, Justice Lewis Allagoa, for alleged misconduct as a presiding judge.

Justice Allagoa on Thursday set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

According to a petition filed by Mr Emwanta and obtained by Channels Television, the interim order by justice Allagoa was hurriedly granted in favour of the defendants in the suit, less than 24 hours after Mr Oshiomhole was stopped by an injunction from Justice Danlemi Senchi, from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

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He stated that justice Allagoa’s ruling has inflicted a transitional crisis in the National Headquarters of the APC.

Below is the petition filed by Mr Emwanta:

Buhari, Oshiomhole Meet Amid Suspension Drama

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole discusses with President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the Presidential Villa on March 5, 2020.
APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole discusses with President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting at the Presidential Villa on March 5, 2020.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

This comes 24 hours after an FCT court in Abuja restrained Oshiomhole from parading himself as the party’s national chairman, a move which was set aside by a Federal High Court In Kano.

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Although details of the meeting are still sketchy as at the time of publishing this report, President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad took to Twitter to share photos from the event.

Kano Court Sets Aside Ruling Suspending Oshiomhole As APC Chairman

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A file photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

A Federal High Court In Kano has set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Lewis Allagoa on Thursday ordered the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to provide security for Oshiomhole to resume in his office.

On Wednesday, Justice Danlemi Senchi, had granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

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However, hours after the ruling, Oshiomhole appealed the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

The Kano high court ruling was delivered by Justice Lewis Allagoa. But it is yet unclear who filed the case or whether the court has the jurisdiction to set aside the previous ruling.

 

Oshiomhole’s Suspension Ordered To Cause Mischief Within APC, Osagie Claims

 

A former lawmaker and governance expert, Honourable Samson Osagie has reacted to a court order restraining Adams Oshiomhole from parading himself as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osagie’s comment comes a day after Justice Danlami Senchi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from claiming to be the part’s chief.

The former lawmaker who was as a guest on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics on Thursday believes the court order was to create damage within the ruling APC.

“For me, the order is created to cause mischief within the ruling party, the APC. It is an order that ought not to have been granted at all given the fact that there was no basis for it,” he claimed.

“Because the matter is in court and as a lawyer, one fears the possibility of running into the contempt of court, it will be important to look at the facts which of course precipitated this awl action.”

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Speaking further, the APC member noted that “the purported suspension of the national chairman from his ward was done by a suspended ward chairman with a few relegates within that ward executive.”

But the Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Public Affairs, Adaze Emwanta, is not on the same page with the former lawmaker.

The Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Public Affairs, Adaze Emwanta and a former lawmaker and a governance expert, Honourable Samson Osagie trade words on the suspension of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole on March 5, 2020.

 

While countering Osagie’s claim, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s aide regretted while the former lawmaker being a lawyer would think the court order was issued by a judge to create mischief.

“It is quite unfortunate when you hear a lawyer in one breath describe a court order as an act of mischief and in another breath says he does not want to be guilty of contempt. That is contempt.

“The former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole was duly suspended on November 12, 2019 by the ward executives,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has appealed the court judgement which suspended him as the national chairman of the party.

Hours after the court granted an order of interim injunction restraining Oshiomhole from parading himself as APC National Chairman, he filed a suit challenging the decision.

Oshiomhole Appeals Judgement Suspending Him As APC National Chairman

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 13, 2020.

 

 

Mr Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed the court judgement which suspended him as the national chairman of the party.

He filed the suit on Wednesday, hours after a Federal Capital Territory High Court granted an order of interim injunction restraining Oshiomhole from parading himself as APC National Chairman.

In the notice of appeal filed on four grounds, Oshiomhole faulted the “whole ruling” of the trial court which granted the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

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Among other claims, he alleged that the trial court erred in law and arrived at a wrong conclusion which occasioned a miscarriage of justice when it decided that question that his performance as APC national chairman would interfere with the party membership rights of the first to sixth respondents in the suit, at the interlocutory stage.

Oshiomhole who filed the appeal along with the APC, therefore, sought an order of the appellate court to set aside the ruling of the trial court.

Joined as respondents to the suit are Mustapha Salihu, Anselm Ojezua, Sani Gomna, Oshawo Steve, Fani Wabulari, and Princewill Ejogharado.

The Inspector General of Police and Department of State Services (DSS) were listed as the seventh and eighth respondents.

Moments after the judgement which suspended Oshiomhole, a team of policemen took over the national secretariat of the ruling party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The security operatives said they were at the secretariat to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the court ruling.

Addressing reporters at the APC headquarters, a chieftain of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, said the party was law-abiding and committed to obeying court orders.

See the court papers below:

APC Approves Nomination Of Ajimobi, Others As National Officers

A file photo of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

 

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the nomination of former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South).

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

He explained that the party’s NWC gave the approval following Ajimobi’s nomination from the zone.

Senator Ajimobi’s emergence as the APC deputy national chairman comes more than one year after he lost his bid to return to the Senate in the February 23 polls.

Having completed his two terms as governor, Ajimobi was defeated by Senator Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ibadan South senatorial district election.

Meanwhile, the APC leadership has approved the nomination of Mr Paul Chukwuma as the APC National Auditor.

According to Issa-Onilu, Mr Waziri Bulama also emerged as the party’s acting National Secretary.

He said the decision was reached during the meeting of the NWC held on January 14 at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The APC spokesman noted that the party had given notice for a replacement from the zone, following the resignation of Mr Mai Mala Buni as the APC National Secretary in May 2019 prior to his election as the governor of Yobe State.

APC Promises To Respect Judgement Suspending Oshiomhole As Chairman

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, speaks when visiting the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retired) at the service headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will respect the decision of the Abuja High Court suspending Mr Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party.

The acting National Secretary of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, stated this while addressing a news conference at the APC headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Giadom, the APC is a law-abiding political party and remains committed to obeying court orders.

He disclosed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would meet soon to deliberate on the challenges facing the APC.

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Meanwhile, a team of policemen has taken over the national secretariat of the ruling party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The security operatives said they were at the secretariat to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the suspension of Oshiomhole by the court.

 

New Officers Emerge

Moments later, the party’s NWC approved the nomination of three chieftains as national officers.

They are Mr Waziri Bulama, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and Mr Paul Chukwuma.

In a statement, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the decision to approve Bulama’s nomination was reached during the meeting of the NWC held on January 14 at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

He noted that the party had given notice for a replacement from the zone, following the resignation of Mr Mai Mala Buni as the APC National Secretary in May 2019 prior to his election as the governor of Yobe State.

The APC spokesman disclosed that Ajimobi emerged as the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), and Chukwuma was nominated as the National Auditor.

He explained that the approval was given following their nominations from the zone.

Senator Ajimobi’s emergence as the APC deputy national chairman comes more than one year after he lost his bid to return to the Senate in the February 23 polls.

Having completed his two terms as governor, Ajimobi was defeated by Senator Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ibadan South senatorial district election.

Let’s Develop Imo Together, Uzodinma Tells Opposition After Supreme Court Verdict

Imo APC Faction Expels Hope Uzodinma
A file photo of Governor Hope Uzodinma.

 

 

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has called on members of the opposition party in the state to join the movement to make the state better.

He made the call on Tuesday in an interview with reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria.

The governor’s remark was in reaction to the verdict of the Supreme Court on the application to review its judgement on the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

In the suit, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha asked the court to re-examine its judgement which removed him from office after about 10 months.

Ihedioha faulted the declaration of Uzodinma as the Imo State governor and asked the court to return him back into office.

The application was, however, dismissed in a majority judgement of a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.

Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

 

Political Evangelism

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He said Uzodinma misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office, saying there was no evidence that the governor satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

The judge informed his colleagues on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the election would continue to haunt Nigeria’s electoral jurisprudence.

Moments after the judgement, Uzodinma said the verdict reflected the true feelings of the people of Imo state who voted him into office.

He also commended the judiciary for standing by the truth and promised that his administration would continue to deliver good governance and prosperity to the people of the state.

Governor Uzodinma called on his political opponents to close ranks and join him in developing the state in the interest of the people.

He added that as the only state in the South East with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power, he would embark on political evangelism to ensure the party wins more states in the region.