Giadom not recognised as APC Chair

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A state High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has declared that a former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom, cannot be the Acting National Chairman of the party.

It was gathered that the court presided over by Justice Florence Fiberesima granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining Giadom from parading himself as a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC in a suit filed by Dele Moses & Others.

The order was made a sequel to a motion exparte brought before the court by the plaintiffs, Dele Moses and Azunda Wori against the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Victor Giadom; the Acting Chairman of APC, Rivers State, Igo Aguma and the National Legal Adviser, APC, Babatunde Ogala.

The court also granted an order restraining Giadom from issuing, signing or endorsing any document or correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or any other body or institution in the capacity of the National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the APC or howsoever as an officer of the APC.

A copy of the interim order signed by Assistant Chief Registrar, Patricia Victor, mandated the APC not to recognize Giadom named as the third defendant in the case as a member of the NWC.

The plaintiffs prayed for: “A declaration that sequel to the resignation of the 3rd defendant (Victor Giadom) as Deputy National Secretary of the 1st Defendant (APC) in 2018, for the purposes of contesting in the 2019 general election as Deputy Governor of Rivers State, the 3rd defendant is no longer the Deputy National Secretary of the 1st defendant.

“A declaration that the third defendant (Victor Giadom) is not a member of the National Working Committee ( NWC) of the first defendant having resigned his membership of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the first defendant for purposes of contesting in the 2019 general election as the Deputy Governor of Rivers State.

“A declaration that the resignation of the third defendant (Victor Giadom) as the Deputy National Secretary of the 1st Defendant in 2018 is valid and effective from 2018 till date.

“A declaration that the third defendant (Victor Giadom) is not the National Chairman, or Acting National Chairman,or Deputy National Secretary or otherwise howsoever a member of the National Working Committee of the 1st Defendant.

“An order restraining the third defendant (Victor Giadom) from issuing, signing or endorsing any document or correspondence to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or any other body or institution in the capacity of the National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the 1st Defendant or howsoever as an officer of the 1st Defendant.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the first, second, fourth and fifth defendants from recognizing or regarding the third defendant as either a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), the Deputy National Secretary, National Chairman or Acting National Chairman of the first defendant”.

While granting the prayers, the court said: “That an interim injunction be and is hereby made restraining Giadom acting by himself or through his privies or agents howsoever described from parading himself as the National Chairman of the first defendant or Deputy National Secretary of the first defendant or member of the NWC of the first defendant pending the determination of the motion on notice.

“That an interim injunction be and is hereby made restraining Giadom from issuing, signing, or endorsing any document to INEC or any other body or institution in the capacity of the National Chairman or acting National Chairman of the first defendant or in whatsoever capacity pending the determination of the motion on notice.

“That an order of interim injunction be and is hereby made restraining the first, second, fourth and fifth defendants acting by themselves or through any of their officers, agents or privies from recognizing or regarding Giadom as the national chairman of the first defendant or deputy national secretary of member of the NWC of the first defendant.

“That every order in this suit including the originating process and other subsequent processes be served on the defendants at the first defendant secretariat at 65 Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State by pasting same on the notice board”.

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