President Muhammadu Buhari has supported Victor Giadom, sacked deputy national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as acting national administrator of the party.
Presidency spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari chose to toss his weight behind Giadom dependent on the situation of the law.
Therefore, the president would go to the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting assembled by Giadom scheduled for the Presidential Villa today.
“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. Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow lunch time.
VP Yemi Osinbajo, who seats the NEC, with all state governors and a couple of pertinent minister as individuals, made the declaration, the previous evening
Permanent Secretary/Secretary, NEC, Olusola Idowu, declared the deferment in a reminder labeled “radio message” dated June 24, 2020 and routed to all state governors.
The message was titled “Notice of deferment of the 105th (fifth in 2020) meeting of the National Financial Board.”
“Another date for the gathering will be conveyed to you.
“Any bother this delay may have caused is exceptionally lamentable.
“If you don’t mind acknowledge, Your Excellency, the affirmations of my best respects,” the announcement said.
Last Sunday and Monday, President Buhari held separate meetings with Senate President Ahmad Lawan and some APC governors behind closed doors in what was believed to be a move to resolve the multiple challenges threatening the party.
The leadership crisis worsened following the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman by the Appeal Court.
Multiple sources told POLITICS360 that barring anylast minute change, members of the pro-Oshiomole National Working Committee (NWC) will get vote of no confidence.
One of the sources close to the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) said the resolution was part of the decision taken by the governors and other stakeholders after previewing what they termed iniquities of Oshiomhole and his national leadership.
“What is certain is that drastic action will be taken against the NWC to redirect the sinking ship of the party. The governors want to regain control of the party because they cannot continue to watch the fortune of the party deteriorate further.”
However, the party leadership has insisted that the NEC meeting is illegal, urging party’s “esteemed members” to shun it despite confirmation that Buhari will be in attendance.
A statement by the party’s Acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama, maintained that having resigned his membership of the NWC, Giadom lacked the power to convene such meeting.