Oshiomhole wants Appeal Court to vacate suspension order

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By SINL Reporter

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said he remains the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Recall an interlocutory injunction granted by a Federal Capital Territory High Court that he (Oshiomhole) should step aside pending the determination of a suit filed by six members of the party.

According to Oshiomhole’s spokesman Simon Egbegbulem: “We have filed for a stay of execution and appealed the ruling.

“With those processes currently before the Appeal Court, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole remains the national chairman of the party.

Justice Danlami Senchi,  while delivering his ruling on an  application of interlocutory injunction  by six members of the party,  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.

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.

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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 to April 7, 2020.

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