The deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Gaidom, has audaciously declared himself as the acting national chairman of the ruling party.
Gaidom made the declaration at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja during a press conference on Wednesday.
He said his action followed the aftermath of a meeting held with other members of the National Working Committee after Tuesday’s Appeal Court ruling affirming the suspension of the substantive National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
On Tuesday, the court of appeal had upheld the suspension of Mr. Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the party.
Gaidom’s claim to chairmanship comes barely hours after the APC on Tuesday, named Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state, as its acting national chairman.
However Gaidom based his take over of the party on the order of the trial court that initially suspended Oshiomhole.
He said, “I bring to your notice that on the 16th of March 2020, Hon Justice S.U. Bature in suit no FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 had ordered that, with the earlier suspension of Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, I Chief. Hon Victor Giadom should act as National Chairman of our great party.
“That Order could not be immediately effected at that time because of the temporary reprieve Adams Oshiomohle got from the Court of Appeal on the same date.
“However, having removed the temporary reprieve yesterday by the Court of Appeal and considering the fact that we cannot allow for a vaccum, I most humbly inform you that I have assumed office as Acting National Chairman of our great party in compliance with the order of the court.”