Attempts by embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to upturn his suspension by a Federal High Court, suffered a setback as an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has postponed hearing of his appeal pending the setting up of a new panel to entertain his suit.
The Appeal panel headed by Justice Stephen Adah rose up minutes into the hearing to announce the postponement of hearing on the matter to a yet to be announced date. The announcement was a further blow to efforts by the embattled Chairman to reverse the earlier verdict by an Abuja High Court suspending him from his position as the APC’s National Chairman.
This latest development comes on the heels of two earlier judgments delivered by Justice Danlami Senchi of the Federal High Court Abuja on March 4, 2020, suspending Oshiomhole as the APC’s Chairman with a strict directive to refrain from parading himself as the national chairman of the party, pending the determination of the substantive suit requesting his sack, and a counter judgement delivered by a Kano Federal High Court on Thursday, March 5, which dismissed the Abuja verdict.
Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, a former labour leader and immediate past Governor of Edo State is embroiled in a bitter supremacy struggle with some members of the ruling APC who want him out by all means. According to sources close to the party, the plot to remove Oshiomhole as Chairman of the All Progressive Congress seems to enjoy the backing of some powerful forces in the party as some serving ministers – notably from the South-South – in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet are said to be in support of his ouster. The alleged presence of some of these ministers at a meeting convened by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in Abuja on Thursday, March 12, 2020, lend’s further credence to the purported plot.
The former Governor is currently meeting with his legal team to plot a new way forward.