Factional acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Victor Giadom, has summoned a virtual meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC).
Giadom, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said he has the imprimatur of President Muhammadu Buhari to convene the NEC meeting of the party scheduled for Thursday, June 25, at the State House, Abuja.
The statement read: “I, Chief Victor Giadom, having been duly authorized by 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, GCFR (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. Venue shall be the State House, Abuja.
“However, in keeping strictly to the COVID-19 Guidelines, the postponed NEC shall proceed by virtual means. The codes would be sent by text to the phone numbers of all NEC members. Those to be physically present at the State House, Abuja, would also be communicated.”
But the party National Working Committee, NWC, and the faction which recognised Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the chairman queried Giadom’s right to convene the NEC meeting alleging he is no longer a member of the apex body.
“I sit here on behalf of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the acting Chairman of this party. If Victor Giadom is arranging a NEC, I believe that it is your responsibility as a member of the fourth estate of the realm to investigate his locus to find out whether he has the legal, the constitutional backing to be able to call a NEC meeting.
“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 factional acting Chairman, we wonder why,” the National Vice Chairman (South-south), Hilliard Eta, who has been standing in for ailing Ajimobi said.