By Martin Paul, Jude Opara, Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
Confusion reigned yesterday in the camp of the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC) over the status of the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole following an order by a Federal High Court sitting in Kano, which sought to return the suspended party leaer to office.
The order by Justice Lewis Allagoa in Kano came barely 24 hours after an Abuja High Court, Presided by Justice Danlami Senchi, gave an order suspending the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman indefinitely.
Regardless of his suspension by the Court, Oshiomhole was in the state House yesterday, where he met with president Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors. There was however, no statement by Presidency officials on the outcome of their meeting.
A source however, told DAILY ASSET that President Buhari had said the crisis should resolved in accordance with the laws of the land and that due process should be followed in all circumstances.
Oshiomhole had earlier been sacked as member of the party in Edo state by his Ward 10, Etsako LGA chapter of the party in Edo state.
In his order on Wednesday, Justice Senchi ordered Oshiomhole to step down and stop parading himself as national chairman of the ruling party until the determination of the substantive case before him.
The Judge directed that Oshiomhole should not be allowed access to the national secretariat of the party.
As soon as the order was given, policemen and operatives of the DSS took over the premises of the national secretariat to obviously prevent any break down of law and order.
In the Federal High Court, Kano, where Oshiomhole had taken the battle to save his job, the suspension order was set aside even as the court ordered that the status quo ante bellum be maintained pending the hearing of the motion on notice by the applicant, Aliyu Muhammad Rabiu.
The court also ordered the Police and the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) to provide normal security protection to Oshiomole.
Rabiu said Oshiomhole, the Inspector General of Police, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS) should not give effect to the purported resolution of Ward 10, Etsako local government area which suspended Oshiomhole.
Oshiomhole’s Spokesman, Simon Egbegbulem in a statement yesterday said the suspended Chairman was heading to the Court to seek stay of execution and appeal against the interlocutory injunction issued by Justice Senchi on Wednesday.
Before the Wednesday Court order in Abuja, the state chapter of the party, loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki, had been asking Oshiomhole to resign as party chairman since he was no longer recognised as a member of the party in the state.
DAILY ASSET gathered that APC secretariat in Benin City was engulfed with jubilations when the Abuja High Court announced the removal of Oshiomole. His estranged political godson and Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki in his reaction to the development was quoted to have declared that: “Peace has finally come to our party”.
“I told Oshiomhole to come out and say something. I told him, denounce them, you are the National Chairman, disassociate yourself from these people who are destroying our party.
“But the court has taken the right decision today. It does not make me a happy person because it would not have come to this. So, my message today is when a child puts his hands in faeces, you do not cut off that hand, you take that hand and wash it.
“For our members who have been misled, we cannot practice our democracy the way it was in 1983. Our goal is that before the end of June this year, we must have not less than 500,000 card-carrying members of APC.
“It will be a shame for any leader of our party if we cannot boast of 100 members per unit. And if you do win members for us, you will see what we will do as a party”, Obaseki had said.
The governor, who had been at daggers drawn with Oshiomhole, added: “No man is God. God is God. No man can play God. With what God has done today, what we should do now is to just thank Him.
of what happened today is that peace has now finally come to our party. The
purpose of God for Nigeria in our party will now be fulfilled. “My problem with
Oshiomhole is that when people started saying that they were Edo Peoples
Movement (EPM), I called him and urged him to denounce them.
Oshiomhole still Incharge-Mayaki
Former director on Media and Public Affairs to the APC chairman, Mr. John Mayaki, had sued for peace, noting that “Oshiomhole is still in charge”.
Madaki said in a statement: “A recent court ruling purportedly ordering the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has expectedly generated panic and tension in the country, especially Edo state.
“I however appeal to everyone to remain calm as the matter is firmly under control and our beloved National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, remains the official leader of the party despite the best efforts of those who are opposed to positive reforms and institutional progress.
“The said court order in circulation will be treated legally shortly. There is no cause for alarm. Everyone is urged to go about their normal businesses and remain assured that the working Comrade remains in charge”.
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole has indicted an unnamed serving minister and some APC governors as responsible for his ordeal in the party.
Speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, he described himself as “a child of light who will always defeat darkness”.