An FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, extended to 14 days an earlier order permitting Chief Victor Giadom to act as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
This followed Appeal Court’s affirmation of the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday.
On March 16, Justice Samira Bature , had granted the interim order in a motion ex-parte, marked FCT/HC/M/6447/2020, filed by APC National Vice Chairman (North-East), Comrade Mustapha Salihu.
Babatunde Ogala; Lanre Issa-Onilu; Waziri Bulama and the party, APC, were joined as defendants in the motion.
Salihu had approached the court, through the exparte motion, seeking an interim order allowing Giadom to pilot the affairs of the party as acting chairman and also to preside at all meetings of the party’s National Executive Committee, pending the decision of the party’s NEC fixed for March 17.
The applicant also sought an interim order restraining the APC and its officers or anyone purporting to act as an officer of the 4th defendant (APC) from preventing or in any way disturbing Giadom from functioning as the acting chairman, adding that, unless otherwise decided by the NEC of the party pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
Counsel for the plaintiffs, Wole Afolabi approached the court for an extension of the interim order.
Justice Bature granted a two-week extension of the court’s March 16 interim order in line with Rule 3 of the Covid- 19 Practice Direction of the FCT High Court.
The judge said, “Consequent and in line with Rule 3 of the Covid- 19 Practice Direction of the FCT High Court, 2020, the order of this court made on the 16th day of March, 2020 is hereby extended for a period of two (2) weeks. “Application is hereby granted as prayed.”