Emerging report reaching , indicates that the leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, worsened on Saturday, with two Factions of the party in Rivers State, clashing over the proposed replacement of the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Chief Victor Giadom, by Worgu Boms.
The APC Executive Committee in Rivers State, which is believed to be loyal to a former Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, had recommended Boms, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of the State, as replacement for Giadom.
The APC National Working Committee, NWC, had called for the replacement of Giadom, after he claimed to be the Acting Chairman of the party through some court orders, following the suspension of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
The NWC claimed that Giadom’s position had been declared vacant, when he resigned his position to contest the 2019 election as a running mate to the Rivers State Governorship Candidate, Tonye Cole.
Nonetheless, supporters of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and those of Magnus Abe, who has been at loggerheads with the Minister for a while now, clashed on Saturday, over the plan to replace Giadom with Boms.
Speaking on Sunday, the Acting National Chairman of the party, Abiola Ajimobi, who spoke through the National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, said that the National Secretariat had received communication from the Rivers State Chapter of the party, with respect to the replacement of Giadom as Deputy National Secretary.
His words: “You are aware that on Friday, a competent court of jurisdiction declared Chief Victor Giadom, as not being a member of the National Working Committee, and should never parade himself as such.
“Even before then, there was a resolution by the NWC, asking the Southern zone of the party, which I head, to transmit a name for his replacement, or filling of the vacancy made possible by his resignation to contest as the Deputy Governorship Candidate of our party in Rivers State.
“I want to announce to the world that I am in receipt of the name of a distinguished member of this party from Rivers State, to the zone for ratification in the person of Worgu Boms, a former Attorney-General of Rivers State. His name has been transmitted to my good Office, and I want to announce that in the earliest time possible, the South-South zonal Executive Committee will meet and ratify that name, and send the same to the NWC of our great party.”
However, the Leadership tussle of the APC in Rivers State worsened on Saturday, when Factions of Amaechi and Abe clashed over Giadom’s replacement.
Abe’s Faction said that Bom’s nomination followed the NWC’s request, while Amaechi’s Faction described the move as a joke.
Livingstone Weche, the Media Adviser to the Acting Chairman of the State APC, Aguma, said: “The National Working Committee requested Rivers State to submit a replacement, and we have done so, and they have accepted it and made it public.”
However, Amaechi’s Faction kicked against Giadom’s replacement.
A former Publicity Secretary of the party in the State, Chris Finebone, stated that the position Boms was told to occupy, is not vacant.
Finebone insisted that Giadom is now in charge of the party’s affairs at the National Secretariat.
He noted: “Maybe this is arising from Igo Aguma, that he has submitted a nomination to fill the position; it is a long way to that situation.
“First and foremost, you know that it is impostors that decided to declare the seat of Giadom vacant. There is a subsisting court order which has made him the Acting Chairman of the party, and for that court decision to subsist, it means that he is a member of the National Working Committee.
“They are simply joking, because the position is not vacant. Chief Victor Giadom is still in that position; he is only an Acting National Chairman based on the order of the court.
“So, before you begin to talk of replacement, that is a different ball game altogether, and we cannot talk about it, because those who claim that they have made his seat vacant are, impostors.
“Somebody like Hilliard Eta and all others are impostors, and is even not in the calculations. So, there is no basis for him to claim to lead the National Working Committee, to question the authenticity of Victor Giadom.”
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