Acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Victor Giadom, has said that membership of the Party’s NEC is statutory while asking to define the status of its national leader and former governor of Lagos state , Mr. Bola Tinubu.
Speaking on the current affairs program monitored in Lagos on Wednesday, Giadom, when asked if Tinubu has been invited to the meeting, he said the members of the NEC was statutory.
But article 12 of the party which deals with composition of party organs in Section 12 (3) listed all that are qualified as members of the APC NEC.
A check through the list indicated that Mr. Tinubu is not a member of the NEC. And with the recognition of the Giadom led NWC to convene the NEC meeting by President Muhammadu Buhari today at the Aso Rock Villa, it’s clear that the Tinubu/Adams Oshiohmole might have lost out in the supremacy battle. This is also and indication that the struggle for the leadership of the party may shifted to Court in the next few days as the suspended chairman and his group may not give up easily.
The Presidency while giving tacit backing to Giadom led faction on Wednesday through the Senior Special Assistant On media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu says, “ 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 will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.
“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.
In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our Governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”
To show that the President is serious about the meeting, a National Economic Council Meeting earlier scheduled for Thursday to be chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was postponed.
A memo sighted by Newsnow which was signed by the permanent secretary and secretary of the NEC, Olusola Idowu, conveys the message to the state governors.
Meanwhile, Hilliard Etta faction of the APC has threatened to boycott the meeting.
It thus appears that the battle for the soul of the party, preparatory to 2023, may have begun in earnest.