APC NWC Chairmanship: Oshiomhole’s Vice, Eta drags, Buni, others to court

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…NEC decision to dissolve your committee is final, APC replies

By Ayo Fadimu

After five months of dissolution of the Comrade Adams  Oshiomhole’s led National Working Committee,(NWC), the National Vice Chairman, South South  of the former Edo state governor-led NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congrees (APC), Ntufam Eta has approached an Abuja Federal High Court to declare him as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

Eta, who insists he remains he remains the acting National Chairman of the party is seeking dissolution of the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Kebbi State governor, Mai Mala Buni and reinstatement of the June 25 dissolved NWC, said the action was to validate his mandate given by the statutory organs of the party.

In his argument, Eta said on the 23rd and 24th of June 2018 he was elected at the national convention of the party as the National Vice Chairman, South South for a tenure of 4 years, which he said would lapse by June 23, 2022.

He further said his claim to the apex office of the party was a product of the unanimous decision by 16 out 21 members of the NWC at its June 17, 2020 to elect him the acting National Chairman of the party.

Prior to the June 25 National Executive Committee meeting of the party presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari where the Oshiomhole-led NWC was dissolved, a leadership vacuum existed following a court order that affirmed suspension of the former National Chairman by his ward.

The absence of the Deputy National Chairman, South, Senator Isiaka Ajimobi due to ill health further created a leadership crisis that saw then acting national Secretary, Hon. Victor Giadom also laying claim to the party leadership position before the dissolution of the NWC by the NEC.

However, Eta in a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday sought for the reverse of the June 25 NEC decision.

“I have approached the court to validate my mandate. Between 23rd and 24th of June, 2018, I was re-elected as the National Vice Chairman, South South for a tenure of four years, which is to lapse by 23rd June 2022. I was duly elected at the national convention.

“In the same vein on the 17th June, 2020, 16 out the 21 NWC members elected me as the acting national Chairman and it is on the strength of that that I approached the court to validate my mandate because I am still the acting national chairman of our party.”

When asked why it took him five months to challenge the decision of NEC to dissolve former NWC and inaugurated the Caretaker Committee, Eta simply said: “I am a politician. I have to consult widely, give room to assess critical decisions taken before reacting.

“I am convinced this is the right time to seek for my mandate. Mind you, I was elected as National Vice Chairman and members of the NWC elected me as acting National Chairman.”

However, the Spokesman of the APC Caretaker committee, Yekini Nabena in an exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect insisted that the decision of NEC on Oshiomhole’s NWC stands and its final.

“Tell him, he is wrong, NEC has dissolved his NWC and the decision of NEC is final and it stands, its as simple as that” Nabena said.

But he also advised Eta that if he wants to be part of the next NWC of the party, he should return to his state and contest for the post at the next convention of the party.

“Let him return to his state and then contest at the next convention of the party” Nabena advised.