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The National Working Committee(NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has affirmed Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the acting national chairman.
Ajimobi, who was the National Deputy Chairman, South had ben announced on Tuesday night in a statement by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
16 of the NWC members, after its 45th emergency meeting, gave Ajimobi the nod to lead the party.
The meeting was chaired by Hillard Etagbo Eta, the National vice chairman South-South.
Addressing journalists after meeting, Eta who was flanked by 13 other members at the party’s secretariat said: ” We are aware of the appeal court order yesterday, and on the strength of that, the NWC resorted to the constitution of the party which makes provision for dealing with matters of vacancies.
“In the light of this, NWC affirms his Excellency Chief Abiola Ajimobi, National Deputy Chairman South as the acting National Chairman of the party.”
On the purported declaration by Deputy National Secretary, Victor Gaidom of himself as the acting national chair,
Eta said: “Victor Giadom has since resigned his position as a member of the National Working Committee to contest as deputy governor of Rivers state and that his position as the deputy national secretary of the party has not been filled by the South-South stakeholders as expected by the constitution of the party. Victor Giadom has since then ceased to a member of the NWC”.
On the forthcoming Edo Governorship Primary, Eta said the NWC has constituted a seven-man panel for the June 22 primary.
The panel has Imo Governor Senator Hope Uzodima as chairman and Senator Ajibola Bashiru as Secretary.
The committee also impaneled a five-man Election Appeal Panel headed by Professor Mustapha Bello with Dr. Kayode Ajulo to serve as Secretary.