Fayemi, Amaechi fingered in APC crisis, attempts to take Giadom to Buhari fails
NEWSMAN, Abuja – The All Progressives Congress crisis took another turn on Wednesday following revelations that Ekiti state Governor Kayode Fayemi took former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Victor Giadom to Aso Rock Villa on Tuesday in a failed attempt to see President Muhammadu Buhari.
Giadom has been laying claim to being acting national chairman of the party and Gov. Fayemi’s effort was aimed at convincing President Buhari that he was the recognised faction leading the ruling APC, a report by The Nation said.
The report said Fayemi wanted Giadom to see Buhari to get endorsement for the emergency National Executive Council (NEC) he summoned. But the duo couldn’t see Buhari despite spirited attempts.
They were reported to have only met Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who insisted that the president had closed for the day.
Fayemi, who is chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, is one of the anti-Oshiomhole forces within the ruling party.
– Police takeover APC headquarters –
Armed policemen were on Tuesday deployed to the APC national secretariat to forestall an outbreak of violence, police authorities said in Abuja.
“Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed in the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, located at Blantyre Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. The deployment is a proactive move by the force to maintain peace and ensure there is no breakdown of law and order at the secretariat”, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
Mba said party members and the secretariat staff were at liberty to conduct their legitimate business as usual.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, as part of efforts to prevent violence, had earlier met with members of the APC National Working Committee.
But the crisis in the ruling party worsened as the suspended Giadom fixed the party’s National Executive Committee meeting for Thursday.
“I, Chief Victor Giadom, having been duly authorised by a court order to act as national chairman of our great party and to preside over all meetings of the NWC and NEC hereby and with the consent of the President Muhammadu Buhari, (who is the leader of our party) reconvene the NEC meeting that was earlier billed to hold on the 17th of March, 2020, but was postponed. The reconvened meeting shall hold on Thursday, June 25th, 2020″, Giadom said.
Opposing Giadom, the APC National Vice Chairman (South South), Hilliard Eta, who is standing in for the Acting National Chairman, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at a press conference in Abuja, said Giadom was not qualified to convene NEC meeting, as reported in the media.
“As we speak, the membership of Chief Victor Giadom has been suspended by a competent court of jurisdiction in Port Harcourt this afternoon. Not only is he not a member of the NWC from today, his membership of the APC has been suspended. So, when you call him a factional acting chairman, we wonder why.” Eta questioned.
– My Life is Under Threat, Eta says –
Eta in a telephone interview with journalists on Wednesday alleged that his life was under threat by hoodlums sent in from Rivers State.
“We got information that they are going to send thugs from Port Harcourt, they are coming here to burn the Secretariat and make it look like the National Working Committee instigate a fire incident so that the Secretariat will be burnt down and then, they will give the impression that it is the NWC that is burning down the Secretariat because they don’t want Victor Giadom to come in”, ThisDay quoted him.
“They have two intentions, that is number one. Number two is that they are going to make an attempt on my life. I just thought that I should let the press know this”, Giadom said.
I’ve decided to sit and watch – Amaechi
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during a television interview on Tuesday, insisted that though he was not helpless, he had opted to keep sealed lips on the issue of the crisis rocking the party.
Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State is one of those accused of sponsoring the crisis in the ruling party through his political associate and fellow Rivers politician, Giadom.
“It’s internal dynamics of politics. It’s internal struggle. when we fought in 2015, I said this country cannot continue the way it is going. I’m not helpless, but I’m doing what they call ‘sidon look’. Said Ameachi.
“What is happening in the APC? I don’t know; what is happening in Rivers State? I don’t know. What I’ve done is to keep away from politics. Even if I’m bothered, it’ll be internally; there’s nobody there (in the party) who is a child. We’re all adults. I don’t want to get involved in the politics.” Amaechi said on Arise TV.
The leadership crisis in the APC worsened last week when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by a lower in court in Abuja in March.
On the same day, no fewer than 17 members of the NWC held an emergency meeting and chose the immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as acting chairman. Ajimobi is down with the Coronavirus and is recuperating after treatments. As such, Hilliard Eta was further chosen to act on his behalf.
However, Giadom, on the following day, last Wednesday, cited a March judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory and declared himself as the acting chairman.
Giadom then returned to the court to seek an extension. The court extended its earlier order by two weeks.
But the deputy national secretary was on Monday stopped by a Rivers State High Court from parading himself as the acting national chairman.
The Ajimobi-led APC has also replaced him with Worgu Boms. Boms was nominated by the South-South chapter of the party for the position of the deputy national secretary. Boms has since been sworn in and has assumed duties at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.