Buhari says Giadom is APC's authentic acting chairman

Buhari says Giadom's claim to be acting national chairman is backed by the law.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Presidency]
President Muhammadu Buhari [Presidency]

President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his weight behind Victor Giadom as the authentic acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Giadom has been at the centre of a leadership crisis in the party that kicked off when a Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.

A majority of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) ratified the appointment of former Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who's also the party's deputy national chairman (South), as its acting national chairman.

Due to Ajimobi's current hospitalisation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Hilliard Etta, the party's vice-chairman (South-South), was appointed to act on his behalf.

However, Giadom declared himself the acting national chairman, claiming he was entitled to take over from Oshiomhole because a court had granted such a request in March 2020.

Victor Giadom has been at the centre of a leadership crisis at the All Progressives' Congress (APC) [Vanguard]
Victor Giadom has been at the centre of a leadership crisis at the All Progressives' Congress (APC) [Vanguard]

Despite the opposition of a majority of the party's NWC against Giadom's claim, Buhari announced on Wednesday, June 24 that the position of the law favours the deputy national secretary.

"The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman," the president's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said.

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