- APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was said to have sworn-in a factional leader in Delta state
- A court had restrained Oshimhole from inaugurating any factional group within APC in the state
- President Muhammadu Buhari recently ordered the minister of petroleum resource, Ibe Kachikwu, to mediate between the factions with the party
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has allegedly sworn in a factional chairman of the party in Delta state, Prophet Jones Erue.
Nigerian Tribune reports that before the emergence of Comrade Oshiomhole as national chairman, Chief Cyril Ogodo, was duly sworn in as the Delta state APC chairman by the former national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
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NAIJ.com gathered that Oshiomhole’s decision to alter the status quo was coming despite a subsisting court order restraining him (Oshiomhole) and the APC from recognizing any other person than the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee that was sworn-in by the then Oyegun-led NWC.
It was gathered that Oshiomhole, just two days after his assumption of office as the party’s national chairman, had assisted the Ogboru/Agege faction to procure a consent judgment, setting aside the executive duly elected and inaugurated by the Oyegun-led NWC – a move that has torn the party apart in Delta.
According to Nigerian Tribune, to forestall further action, some members of Ogodo-led SWC had challenged the party’s national chairman’s action obtaining a high court restraining order stopping the inauguration of any other SWC, except that led by Ogodo.
Reacting to this development, the party’s state publicity secretary, Moses Kamanya, called on the party faithful to remain calm.
He stressed that the national chairman, Oshiomhole, could not be above the law and that there was no place for the reign of impunity in APC.
“If what we read in the media is true, it, therefore, confirms our fears that the national chairman, in his bid to remove those he feels didn’t support his aspiration, may have decided to throw away the baby and the bathwater.
“One would have expected Oshiomhole to reach out to both parties in Delta and look for a way to reconcile them, not taking the side even where there is an order of a court forbidding him from acting to the contrary, this total disregard to the rule of law will not do the party any good.
“By his action, he’s telling all of us, who have kept the APC together since 2013, that we can go to hell, that he does not care, but we have good news for him; we are not bound by any act of illegality as the present action of the national chairman represents.
“If Oshiomhole believes that Ogboru and Omo-Agege alone will win the 2019 election for APC in Delta, he must be joking, because if Ogboru has such capacity, he would have won in AD, DPP and Labour Party.
"So, if the NWC of our party wants to win, they have to retrace their steps on the Delta APC crisis and allow the rule of law to take place because Oshiomhole’s actions so far have compounded it,” the state’s party scribe noted.
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He added that the Ogodo-led NWC would resist any act of impunity no matter where it’s coming from.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the federal government ordered the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu to mediate and resolve the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party ahead of the 2019 election.
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