Member representing Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma/ Obowo, Federal Constituency of Imo State, Chike Okafor, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crisis rocking the ruling, All Progressives Congress (APC).
Okafor in a statement entitled, ‘APC crisis: where are the leaders of our party?’ stressed the importance of the president’s intervention, as the party may not survive the different actions taken by members of the National Working Committee of recent.
Recall that the Court of Appeal, on Tuesday, upheld the suspension of APC former national chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole as a member of the party. In a unanimous judgment of a three-man panel led by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the Court of Appeal affirmed the earlier March 4, 2020 order of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, suspending Oshiomhole and barring him from continuing to parade himself as the national chairman of the party.
Following Oshimhole’s suspension, deputy national secretary of the party, Mr Victor Giadom, declared himself acting national chairman. Giadom also called for a fresh screening of APC governorship aspirants for the Edo State governorship election.
His actions were swiftly rejected by the National Working Committee, which announced its deputy national chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, as its acting national chairman. This announcement again saw deputy national chairman, Mr Hillard Eta announcing him as acting on behalf of Ajimobi who is believed to be treating COVID-19 in a Lagos hospital.
Okafor described happenings in the ruling party in the last 48 hours as highly worrisome, pointing to the need for presidential intervention. He also called on other leaders of the party such as Vice –President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and members of the Federal Executive Council to step in to save the party.