A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress,APC, in Oyo state, Engr Muftau Open Salawu has urged stakeholders in the APC to maintain peace, noting that it’s the party constitution the appointed Sen Abiola Ajimobi as the Acting National Chairman of the party.
Open Salawu who said this today in a statement released by him and made available to ROUNDOYO, over the crisis rocking the party due to the suspension of the party national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole by the Appeal Court.
The Ogbomoso born civil engineer pointed out to the Section 14 subsection 3 of the APC constitution which he said was the basis for Ajimobi to resume as the Acting National Chairman.
“Ajimobi is the National Chairman of APC. He was appointed as the Deputy Chairman South on the 17th of March, 2020.
“According to the Section 14 subsection 3 of the APC constitution that states that, “The Deputy National Chairman shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.
“NWC wrote a letter to the South-West to nominate a candidate for the vacant position of the Deputy National Chairman (South) after the position became vacant with the appointment of Otunba Niyi Adebayo as a minister and 5 state from the south nominate His Excellency Senator Abiola Ajimobi and since March 2020 he has been functioning as Deputy Chairman South of APC.”
Reacting to claims of some section of the party who are alleging that the Oyo State former Governor was not elected to the position of Deputy National Chairman, he said Ajimobi case was not the first one as he pointed out to Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo who was appointed as a vice president.
“For those that are claiming that he was not elected should be recalled that when President Jonathan assumed the position of President of federal Republic of Nigeria after the demise of President Yaradua, Then Governor of Kaduna state in person of Arc Namadi Sambo was nominated and appointed as Vice president.”
He however implored the Deputy National Secretary, Chief Victor Gaidam and other stakeholders of the party to let peace reign.
“Victor Gaidom should please let peace reign and let the party remain focus at this moment that we have two states elections before us.
“We are very confident Adams Oshiomhole will come back since people that purportedly suspended him have left the party and remaining exco of his Ward are willing to call him back. Pending that action is done His Excellency Senator Abiola Ajimobi is the Acting National Chairman of APC and it was confirmed by the action of NWC yesterday mind you the court only suspended Adams Oshiomhole as an individual not the NWC of the party.”