Ajimobi’s appointment follows Appeal Court decision to uphold Oshiomhole’s suspension
Following the Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the suspension of the National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday, former governor of Ogun State, Abiola Ajimobi has been appointed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to act as the National Chairman.
Sen. Ajimobi was APC’s Deputy National Chairman for the southern region.
In a statement signed by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said it has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit.
“Guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.
“According to Section 14.2. (iii),of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”, the NWC stated.
The development follows the rumble in the party in Edo State over the disqualification of incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki from running for a second term in Edo election slated for September this year.
The Court of Appeals decision came few hours after Governor Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu announced their resignation from the ruling APC.