National vice-chairman backs Oshiomhole’s suspension
The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress took a turn for the worse on Wednesday , following a court injunction suspending Adams Oshiomhole as the party ’s National Chairman.
National Vice Chairman ( North -East), Mustapha , who backed the court decision , told reporters that following the court injunction , Oshiomhole was for now , in no position to issue any instruction as doing so will be “ illegal , null and void”.
He explained that his intervention was based on information that as soon as the court pronouncement became public, Oshiomhole allegedly instructed the APC National Publicity Secretary , Mallam Lanre Isa- Onilu to issue a statement announcing Waziri Bulama, as acting National Secretary.
Mustapha said, “ Immediately the court injunction was given , the national chairman has called the party’s chief press secretary ( National Publicity Secretary ) to issue a statement to the press that Waziri Bulama is the ( acting ) National Secretary to the Party.
“ I believe you are aware of the meeting held about a month ago on that matter, which ended without a decision . Since then there has not been a decision as to the replacement of the secretary.
“ The chairman is about to create more chaos within the party as he gave the order .
“ The public should know that any decision that Oshiomhole makes henceforth is an illegal decision and will not hold.
“ We will keep our fingers crossed until the court decides . I am saying this so that there can be no two acting National Secretaries and there can be no affirmation from a national chairman that has been suspended.”
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Oshiomhole ’ s suspension was a sequel to an action instituted by one Olawale Afolabi , who described himself as a member of the party, went to court to stop Oshiomhole from performing the functions of the national chairman.
According to him , Oshiomhole ceased to be the APC National Chairman from the day he was suspended by the Edo State Chapter of the party .