APC Distances Self From Tuesday's NEC Meeting

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denounced a statement credited to its Deputy National Secretary of the party.

The Dep. National Secretary, Hon. (Chief) Victor Giadom had reportedly called an emergency National Executive Committee meeting for Tuesday, 17.

The alleged invitation was to discuss the fate of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who is currently facing rebels within his party over his leadership's style.

Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole's problem compounded after an Abuja High Court ordered the party to stop recognizing him as the party Chairman.

The court also ordered his suspension following a previous suspension in his ward in Edo State.

Less than 24 hours, Another Federal court in Kano reversed the suspension, causing an uproar with the party.

National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala and National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu disclosed this in a statement jointly signed on Saturday.

According to the party, the deputy National Secretary does not have the constitutional backing to convey NEC meeting.

In addition, APC said "The Party’s constitution provides that a National Executive Committee meeting shall be convoked as follows:

"Article 25 (B) (i) and (ii)
The National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the National Chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-thirds of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.

"Without prejudice to Article 25(B)(i) of this Constitution, the National Working Committee may summon emergency National Executive Committee meeting at any time, provided that at least seven (7) days notice of the meeting shall be given to all those entitled to attend.

"Neither the National Chairman nor the resolution of two-thirds of members of the National Executive Committee has directed nor made any request to summon a National Executive Committee Meeting of the Party.

"The said Victor Giadom is not vested with any Constitutional Powers to convene any meeting of the National Executive Committee. Neither has he been so directed by the National Chairman."

The APC said that the NEC disassociates itself from the said notice of a meeting of the National Executive Committee.

It added that "Members of the National Executive Committee and the totality of the members of our great Party are therefore requested to ignore the said Notice and/or invitation as a product of mischief that should not be given any probative value.

"The National Working Committee (NWC) shall continue to protect our Constitution and convene its meetings and the National Executive Committee Meetings in accordance with the provisions of the Party Constitution."

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