Sighs of relief were heard in the camp of the embattled National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole as, sequel to the earlier postponement of hearing of the appeal filed by his legal team challenging his suspension as the party’s National Chairman, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has sensationally ordered Stay of Execution of an earlier ruling by an Abuja High Court suspending him as the APC’s national Chairman.
Earlier on Monday 16 March, 2020, the Appeal Court had postponed hearing on the two separate appeals marked CA/A/187/2020 and CA/A/188/2020, to a later date that was supposed to be communicated to all the parties involved. But the appellate court afterwards reversed its earlier postponement decision and ordered all the parties to return by 4 pm for hearing of the appeal challenging Oshiomhole’s suspension as National Chairman of the APC.
Oshiomhole had in his four grounds of appeal, applied for an order to set aside the interim injunction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory that suspended him from holding office as National Chairman of the APC.
In another rather bizarre development, an Abuja High Court, headed by Justice S.U Bature, yesterday, granted a motion ex-parte, asking it to allow acting National Secretary of APC, Chief Victor Giadom, to continue overseeing the affairs of the party in the capacity of Acting National Chairman. The implication of this ruling is that the APC is encumbered with the challenge of having two party chairmen with legal backings. Both cases are scheduled to come up on March 19 and 20, respectively.