Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Victor Giadom, has written a formal letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission to introduce himself as the new chairman of the ruling party.
Giadom in his letter dated June 18, 2020 with reference number APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/020/014, informed INEC that all letters and correspondences meant for the APC should henceforth be addressed to him.
According to the letter, “I want to respectfully through this medium bring it to your attention that I have been appointed as the acting National Chairman of the APC. A copy of the order of the FCT High Court, Abuja affirming my authority as the acting national chairman of the APC is herewith attached.
“Please note that the earlier of the FCT High Court suspending Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from office on March 4, 2020 as affirmed by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on June 16, 2020. Mr. Oshiomhole’s appeals were dismissed on that date. Copies of the orders of the court in the two cases are herewith attached for your perusal.
“As the acting national chairman of the party, all processes, documents, and communications including those concerning the conduct of elections meant for the APC are to be served on me.”
On Thursday, an FCT High Court had extended an earlier order permitting Giadom to act as the national chairman of the APC to 14 days.
Giadom announced he had taken over the leadership of the party after Oshiomhole’s suspension, dismissing the party’s announcement of the former Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi, as acting chairman.
He had also boasted that he would lead the party to conduct a fresh screening in Edo. An earlier screening conducted under Oshiomhole disqualified Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor who has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
But on Friday, a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt restrained Giadom from acting as the national chairman of the party.