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NWC threatens to boycott NEC as Buhari backs sacked Giadom

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, declared support for the suspended Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Victor Giadom, as the party’s acting national chairman.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,  in an interview with State House correspondents in Abuja, said Buhari would attend Thursday’s (today) APC National Executive Committee meeting convened by Giadom.

Rather resolving the APC crisis, Buhari’s declaration of his stand threw the party into more confusion as 17 members of the  National Working Committee insisted the NEC meeting convened by Giadom, was illegal.

The NWC members also said they would not attend the meeting, insisting that Buhari was blackmailed to support it.

The problem in the APC NWC  came to a head on Tuesday last week when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

At an emergency meeting on the evening of the same day, 17 members of the NWC loyal to Oshiomhole, appointed a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as acting chairman.

Giadom, in a counter move, together with two other NWC members, addressed a press conference on June 17, when he declared himself as the acting chairman. He backed his action with the judgment of the FCT high court, which in March gave him the go-ahead to be the acting national chairman.

Despite his suspension by two Port  Harcourt courts and his replacement as the deputy national secretary, Giadom on Tuesday issued a notice of the APC NEC meeting, which would hold today  (Thursday).

But the Ajimobi-led NWC on Tuesday said having been suspended from the NWC, Giadom was not qualified to convene the NEC  meeting.

The law is on the side of Giadom as APC acting national chairman – Buhari

But on Wednesday the Presidency said the President had thrown his weight behind Giadom as the APC acting chairman.

Shehu, who disclosed this,  said, “The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as acting national chairman.

“Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.

“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.

“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”

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