Adams Oshiomole as member and the National Chairman of the All
Progressives Congress APC.
Oshiomole had approached the court after a Federal High Court sitting
in Abuja suspended him from office following a suit filed by some
members of his party from Edo state.
Recall that on March 4, Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court
sitting in Jabi, suspended Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman of the
All Progressives Congress, APC. The suspension
order was granted following a suit brought before the court by some APC
members in Edo state who argued that Oshiomole cannot continueto
enjoy the rights and privileges of the party since he has been
suspended in his ward in his home state. The presiding judge, Justice
Senchi held that the party wrongfully kept Oshiomhole as the national
chairman of the party despite his suspension from his ward. The judge
ordered that Mr Oshiomole should stop parading himself as the chairman
of the APC.
Shortly after the ruling, Oshiomole approached the appeal court for redress.
However, in a unanimous judgment delivered today June 16,
the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Eunice
Onyemanam, affirmed the order of Oshiomole’s suspension that was issued
by the High Court Abuja on March 4, 2020.
Justice Onyemanam held that the FCT High Court had territorial
jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did. The court in its
ruling, withdrew Oshiomole’s rights and privileges as the National
Chairman of the party including his security details.
According to the court, the suspension of Oshiomole from ward 10 of
Etsako local government was ratified at the ward, local and state level
as required by law and the identity of those who suspended him was not
Oshiomole and the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, have been at
loggerheads over who is to dictate the affairs of the party in the
state. The political difference between both men took a different turn
today as Obaseki official announced his resignation from the party.
Oshiomole emerged chairman of the ruling party in June 2018.