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Update: APC set post-oshiomhole agenda.


The Director–General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman has advised the All Progressives Congress, APC National Executive Committee, NEC to nullify all disciplinary decisions initiated and executed by the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee, NWC of the Party.

The NEC is expected to meet on Tuesday March 17 when it will ratify the appointment of an Acting National Chairman for the Party.


A statement released by Salihu on Saturday stated that the NWC lacked the power to suspend any member of the party in the first place.

Adams Oshiomhole in more trouble
The Secretariat of the Progressive Governors’ Forum says the action of the NWC had been based on impulsion and driven by the ego of the Oshiomhole-led NWC.


The Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shaibu; National Vice-Chairman Noth-West, Inuwa Abdulkadir; former Governors Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu were some of the top ranking party men suspended by the NWC in 2019 following allegations of anti-party activities in the build up to the 2019 General Elections.

Though the suspension of the 3 Governors was withdrawn, that of Shuaibu and Abdulkadir who are members of NWC remain active.

Salihu stated that the power to discipline any member of the party was vested on the National Executive Committee who will now set up a fact finding mission as stated in Article 21 of the APC constitution.


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Oshiomhole appeals judgement suspending him.


Mr Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed the court judgement which suspended him as the national chairman of the party.

He filed the suit on Wednesday, hours after a Federal Capital Territory High Court granted an order of interim injunction restraining Oshiomhole from parading himself as APC National Chairman.


In the notice of appeal filed on four grounds, Oshiomhole faulted the “whole ruling” of the trial court which granted the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

Among other claims, he alleged that the trial court erred in law and arrived at a wrong conclusion which occasioned a miscarriage of justice when it decided that question that his performance as APC national chairman would interfere with the party membership rights of the first to sixth respondents in the suit, at the interlocutory stage.

Oshiomhole who filed the appeal along with the APC, therefore, sought an order of the appellate court to set aside the ruling of the trial court.

Joined as respondents to the suit are Mustapha Salihu, Anselm Ojezua, Sani Gomna, Oshawo Steve, Fani Wabulari, and Princewill Ejogharado.

The Inspector General of Police and Department of State Services (DSS) were listed as the seventh and eighth respondents.

Moments after the judgement which suspended Oshiomhole, a team of policemen took over the national secretariat of the ruling party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The security operatives said they were at the secretariat to prevent any breakdown of law and order following the court ruling.

Addressing reporters at the APC headquarters, a chieftain of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, said the party was law-abiding and committed to obeying court orders.


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Kano high court neglect ruling suspending Oshiomhole.


A Federal High Court In Kano has set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Lewis Allagoa on Thursday ordered the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to provide security for Oshiomhole to resume in his office.


On Wednesday, Justice Danlemi Senchi, had granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

However, hours after the ruling, Oshiomhole appealed the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

The Kano high court ruling was delivered by Justice Lewis Allagoa. But it is yet unclear who filed the case or whether the court has the jurisdiction to set aside the previous ruling.


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No one can suspend me – I am still APC Chairman – Oshiomhole react.


Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has insisted he remains the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), despite the order of an Abuja Federal High Court early Wednesday that he should vacate office.

Simon Ebegbulem, chief Press Secretary said, Oshiomhole remains the Chairman because APC’s lawyers had filed for a stay of execution of the judgment ordering his removal from office.


“Our legal department is studying the matter and we have filed for a stay of execution and appealed the ruling.

“With those processes, Oshiomhole remains the National Chairman of the party,” Ebegbulem said.


In a stunning ruling on Wednesday, Justice Danlami Senchi, directed the APC to desist from acknowledging Oshiomhole as its chairman. He also directed the party not to allow him access to its secretariat, pending the hearing and determination of the case on 7 April.

The judge gave the ruling on an application of interlocutory injunction by six members of the party,


In the application, the plaintiffs, led by Mustapha Salihu, prayed the court to stop Oshiomhole from acting as APC chairman since he had been suspended as a member of the party in his Etsako Ward 10 in Edo State.

They listed Oshiomhole as first respondent and the APC as second respondent in the application filed on their behalf by Oluwole Afolabi.


The plaintiffs stated that Oshiomhole’s rights as a member of the party had ceased by virtue of his suspension at the ward level. They argued that, since the former Edo State governor never contested the suspension, he could not continue to act as the party’s chairman.

Justice Senchi said the former governor, who on his Twitter handle describes himself as “Strategic General Chairman,” had been wrongfully kept in office.


Justice Senchi, who held that political parties must be bound by their constitutions, said he was of the view that since Oshiomhole had been suspended by his ward, he had no basis parading himself as the APC national chairman.

He thereafter adjourned hearing of the substantive suit till April 7, 2020.


The policemen arrived in two batches from the FCT Command and Wuse Divisional Police Station at about 5pm in nine Toyota Hilux vans. This was after two court officers served the Legal Department of the APC the High Court order.

They positioned themselves in strategic positions in the premises and directed all staff members to go back to their offices. Visitors were advised to leave.


Sources within the secretariat said the presence of the security agents was to prevent hoodlums capitalising on the confusion arising from the court ruling to invade the secretariat.

Acting National Secretary of the party, Chief Victor Giadom, confirmed that the party had received the court order and will abide by the content.


“We have received the court order and as a law abiding party, we shall respect it,” Giadom told reporter in Abuja.

He added: “As a party, we are aware of the court injunction. As a law abiding party, we respect all lawful court orders. Very soon, the National Working Committee will meet and you will hear further from the party.

“I am trying to say that APC will respect all lawful court orders. We will soon do that.”

The acting national secretary defended the presence of the security agents at the secretariat, saying: “there is nothing new about it.”


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‘No Man is God’ – Obaseki preaches after Oshiomhole’s Suspension.


Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has declared today a great day for the people of the state and the party after an Abuja High Court sacked the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

He said this at the party’s rally held at Urokpota ground, Benin.


He said the suspension of the embattled national chairman would provide the needed atmosphere for peace in the party in the state.

He said the suspension meted on the national chairman had finally proved to all in the state that no man is God, adding that today was a great day for the party in the state.


“Today is a great day for us in the party. The Abuja High Court has just asked the national chairman of the party to step aside.

“I believed this will further create the atmosphere for peace in the state.


“This has further shown to us that no man is God,” he said.

Obaseki said the party is one, noting that the problem he was having with the national chairman was that he failed to heed to him when he asked him to denounce the EPM which he refused.


He said he was not afraid to see people coming out to say that they want to contest for the governorship position but they have to do it according to the rules of the game.

He said he was prepared to embrace anything that would bring peace into the party and the state.


He noted that what the state had attained in infrastructure and agriculture was just a little compared to what the state was yet to experience.

On his part, the factional party chairman, Mr. Aselm Ojezua, called on the lawmakers who have abandoned their legislative duty and decided to make Abuja their home to have a rethink and come back home to resume their duty to those who elected them into office.


He said they should be able to learn from what has happened to the national chairman of the party and come back home.

“If a child deeps his hands into faeces, we will not cut off the child’s hands because of that.

“We want our brothers who have gone to stay in Abuja and have abandoned their duty – we want them to come back home and when they come, we will receive them,” Ojezua pleaded on their behalf.

The governor, flanked by other party faithful in the state later marched through the Airport Road in jubilation to the party secretariat.


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Stakeholders seek Oshiomhole’s immediate replacement.


The Governors’ Mandate Network has asked governors elected on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to urgently find a worthy replacement for embattled national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole who was sacked on Wednesday by an FCT High Court.

Speaking through its chairman, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, it asked the governors to quickly leverage the breather the High Court provided to salvage their party from impending ruin by nominating a replacement for the ousted chairman, at least in an acting capacity.


“The truth is that the governors are the real custodians of the party being very close to all the stakeholders at the grassroots, hence they cannot afford to be laid back when things seem not to be working well in their party.

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

“The Abuja Court has provided them the leeway to restructure and refocus their party away from the brigandage promoted by Oshiomhole,” he said.

Onaiwu further argued that with gubernatorial elections coming up shortly in Edo and Ondo states, it may be fatal for the party to allow any vacuum in the leadership of the party, stating that Oshiomhole had caused so much havoc already and there was a need to rebuild and consolidate for the peace and prosperity of the nation.


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National VC, Salihu support Oshiomhole’s suspension as APC Chairman.


The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress took a turn for the worse on Wednesday, following a court injunction suspending Adams Oshiomhole as the party’s National Chairman.

National Vice Chairman (North-East), Salihu Mustapha, who backed the court decision, told reporters that following the court injunction, Oshiomhole was for now, in no position to issue any instruction as doing so will be “illegal, null and void”.


He explained that his intervention was based on information that as soon as the court pronouncement became public, Oshiomhole allegedly instructed the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu to issue a statement announcing Waziri Bulama, as acting National Secretary.

Mustapha said, “Immediately the court injunction was given, the national chairman has called the party’s chief press secretary (National Publicity Secretary) to issue a statement to the press that Waziri Bulama is the (acting) National Secretary to the Party.


“I believe you are aware of the meeting held about a month ago on that matter, which ended without a decision. Since then there has not been a decision as to the replacement of the secretary.

“The chairman is about to create more chaos within the party as he gave the order.


“The public should know that any decision that Oshiomhole makes henceforth is an illegal decision and will not hold.

“We will keep our fingers crossed until the court decides. I am saying this so that there can be no two acting National Secretaries and there can be no affirmation from a national chairman that has been suspended.”

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Oshiomhole’s suspension was a sequel to an action instituted by one Olawale Afolabi, who described himself as a member of the party, went to court to stop Oshiomhole from performing the functions of the national chairman.

According to him, Oshiomhole ceased to be the APC National Chairman from the day he was suspended by the Edo State Chapter of the party.


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Stop calling yourself APC national Chairman – High court warn Oshiomhole


A Federal Capital Territory High Court has granted an order of interim injunction stopping Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from parading himself as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Danlami Senchi who granted the injunction on Wednesday said that political parties must be bound by their constitution and having been suspended by his ward, Comrade Oshiomhole is restrained from functioning as the National Chairman of the party pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.


The judge fixed hearing for April 7 and 8, 2020.

Protesters have been demanding the removal of Comrade Oshiomhole for failing in his duties of providing quality leadership for the party, a call the APC leader dismissed, tagging the group “a non-existing” one.


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Oshiomhole Now Dictate – APC DG Allege


Fresh crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, accused the party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of mismanagement.


In a memo forwarded to the Bisi Akande-led APC national reconciliation committee, titled: “Our leaders should unite to rebuild the party,” Lukman lamented that the ruling party had become a Trojan horse under the former Edo governor.

“The hard truth is that as it stands today, APC is not a functional political party. None of its organs at any level is meeting as provided in the party’s constitution. It is even debatable if our membership register exists. At best, it will be the same old 2015 membership register,” Lukman wrote.


But when media aide to the ruling party boss, Simon Ebegbulen, was contacted for reaction, he declined, saying: “I’ve seen the material but I don’t have comment.”

The DG also accused the party’s boss of assuming the responsibilities of the National Working Committee (NWC), stressing that party members were now confronted with avoidable electoral tragedies because the NWC abdicated its responsibility.


“Perceived weaknesses of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC served as the justification of electing Adams Oshiomhole as replacement for him. Sadly, challenges of internal democracy and fair competitive practices during candidates’ selection processes in the party remained a dream.

“Now, clearly, the problems associated with candidates’ selection process has produced what can be regarded as an electoral college. Citizens can vote but our Supreme Court will eventually determine the winner, all as a result of very poor management of candidates’ selection process by our party.


“Unfortunately, our party’s NWC is hardly able to come up with any reassuring response. The crisis in the party is clearly getting worse and worse by the day. It has gotten to a stage whereby the competence of members of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC to provide needed leadership to ensure victory in every election has been eroded.

“We can win election and, on account of some inabilities to competently manage legal challenges associated with nomination of candidates, we are compelled to surrender victory to our opponents. This is he narrative of the Supreme Court judgement of February 13, 2020, in respect of November 16, 2019, Bayelsa election. It was also the case with the May 24, 2019, Supreme Court nullification of the election of all APC candidates in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State.


“In other words, our NWC can be described as a very efficient Trojan horse that opens the backdoor for electoral victory to our political opponents. It is really unfortunate that we are faced with all the avoidable electoral tragedies that befell us, all because our NWC has decided to abdicate its responsibility. This is quite disheartening and certainly beyond any expectation. How can all these be happening under the watch of Comrade Oshiomhole as the national chairman? Comrade Oshiomhole’s leadership credentials cannot be disputed.

“But given what is going on now in APC under his watch, it is very clear that he is not that same Comrade Oshiomhole that was an inspiring union leader who competently handled all organisational leadership challenges to the admiration of Nigerians. Part of the problem now is that he is surrounded by sycophants, mainly from Edo State. Any attempt to help him through objective advice is condemned as betrayal, especially when such advice comes from people who were close to him.


“Many of those who claimed now to be his supporters and loyalists are people who only relate with him based on his position of power and capacity, therefore, to influence access to political positions. His success as a leader who is able to direct the party towards electoral victory is never their consideration, except if they are the candidates.

“One cannot blame these sycophantic crowd around our national chairman. But I will definitely express my disbelief at the way Comrade Oshiomhole has become, all of a sudden, a leader who is intolerant to criticisms. His level of intolerance is so high that any disagreement or criticism expressed against any of his decisions or actions is classified as betrayal and, therefore, requiring disciplinary actions.


“The procedure for disciplinary actions has become so cheapened such that all the relevant provisions in the party’s constitution are violated. As a result, Comrade Oshiomhole is today the leading accuser, prosecutor and judge in almost all cases where disciplinary actions have been administered in the party. The only probable exception may be the case in his ward in Edo State, where he is also being alleged to have been disciplined,” he noted.

The DG, therefore, warned that: “With this kind of background, it is almost impossible to start any process of engagement to resolve our problems in the party without addressing the issue of intolerance that is today the main characteristic of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC.”


“This is not in any way questioning the capacity or competence of the Akande-led APC national reconciliation committee. No doubt, Chief Bisi Akande is one leader who has all that is required to assist the party and all our leaders to resolve current challenges.”

On the way forward, Lukman said: “I think the starting point has to be an appeal to the Oshiomhole-led NWC, who facilitated the formation of the Akande Committee, to convene a meeting of the appropriate organ of the party, National Executive Council or National Caucus, where a decision setting aside all the disciplinary actions at all levels of the party, including the NWC, can be taken.

“Somehow, such a meeting can also serve as perhaps an icebreaking platform where some good pronouncements can emerge, which can encourage all aggrieved leaders and party members to express their disagreement and dissatisfaction at the way our party is being managed since 2015. Steps must be taken at such meeting to ensure that criticising or disagreeing with our leaders does not constitute an offence.

“If the Akande Committee is to succeed in this very crucial assignment, it must be positioned to set in motion the process of rebuilding the party.”


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Oshiomhole sends threat to wike

…Pro-Oshiomhole protesters storm APC Secretariat


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has asked the governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike to apologise to him or face a lawsuit over allegation of defamation of character.


Oshiomhole, who made the threat in statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simeon Ebegbulam, described

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as “sacrilegious and mischief”, the allegation by the Rivers State government that he (Oshiomhole) masterminded the protest at the residence of the Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili in Abuja.


In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chair, Simon Ebegbulem said: “The APC Chair read with utter disgust the statement by the Rivers State governor that he and Minister of State for Petroleum , Chief Timipre Sylva, ‘sponsored thugs’ to attack the residence of the Supreme Court Judge.”

The CPS stated that according to the malicious statement signed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim, the “attacks” were made because Justice Mary Odili was a member of the Supreme Court panel that gave a unanimous verdict against the APC-governor-elect in Bayelsa State, David Lyon.


“This reckless defamation of the character of Oshiomhole is unbecoming of a state government that is supposed to operate under the rule of law including fairness and justice to all.

“The statement is an egregious assault on the reputation that has taken Oshiomhole a life-time to build.

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“For clarity, Oshiomhole was not in any way involved in the action that took place at the residence of Dr. Odili, a gentleman for whom Oshiomhole has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences.

“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers as a judicial officer. Oshiomhole as a one-time beneficiary of judicial redress of injustice always holds the judiciary in the highest esteem and the obedience of court orders.


“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance.

“We hereby call on the Rivers State government to toe the path of decency and withdraw the defamatory statement with due apologies” it stated.


And in a related development, pro supporters of the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Friday stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja in support of his (Oshiomhole) leadership.

The protesters, under the platform of Unity Group of the party staged the protest against the earlier protest demanding for the removal of the National Chairman.


The Unity Group demanded for the sustenance of Oshiomhole’s continued stay in office.

Two different groups had earlier in the week protested for the resignation of the APC National Chairman on account of bad leadership.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

But on Friday, another group decked in different uniforms trooped to the APC National Secretary in Abuja in buses with placards of various inscriptions, stating their demand for the continued stay in office of the National Chairman of the party.

Addressing journalists, a leader of the group, Hon. Folorunso Olusola Emmanuel said they were at the party Secretariat in solidarity with the National Chairman of the party.


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APC to review judgement in Zamfara

The All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State has said it would approach the Supreme Court for a review of the judgement awarding its victories in the 2019 general elections.

The immediate-past governor of the state, Abdul-Azeez Yari, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview after leading the state APC to a meeting with the National Working Committee of the party in Abuja.


At the meeting presided over by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party accused the Governor Bello Matawalle-led Peoples Democratic Party of using the police to disrupt their meetings as well as detaining and imprisoning their members.

Yari said the decision to approach the apex court for a review followed the protest that greeted the judgement nullifying the victory of the PDP Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State.


He said, “We have heard that the National Chairman of the PDP (Uche Secondus) staged a protest to the US Embassy. We also decided to be there too as the APC with some national leaders to tell the US that what PDP is complaining in Imo we got a more painful one in Zamfara.

“The apex court decided to award our gains to the PDP which has never happened before. We are also seeking the apex court to review this judgement because it is purely injustice to us.”


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