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My Purported Suspension From APC Is Ineffective, Contemptuous – Giadom

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My Purported Suspension From APC Is Ineffective, Contemptuous – Giadom

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Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom, has rejected his “purported” suspension as a member of the party, describing it as “ineffective” and “contemptuous”.

On Sunday, the state chapter of the party suspended him from the party over alleged gross infractions of the party’s constitution.

But speaking through Wole Afolabi, his counsel, in a statement, Giadom said the party’s move was in contempt of the order of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court which permitted him to act as the National Chairman of the Party following the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman.

According to the statement, the law states that a member of a political party cannot be suspended from the party while he’s in court asserting a vested right as a member of the party.

Giadom insisted that he remains the acting National Chairman of the party as affirmed by a court order, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), law enforcement agencies and the general public to disregard the news of his suspension.

“Our attention has been drawn to a Statement purportedly issued by a Livingstone Wechie, Media Adviser to the APC Rivers state Chairman, Chief Igo Aguma to the effect that the Acting National Chairman of APC, Chief Victor Giadom has been suspended from the Party,” the statement said.

“We wish to state that the statement and the purported expulsion were done contemptuously of the order of the FCT High Court issued on 16th of March, 2020, by Hon. Justice S.U Bature in Suit No. FCT/HC/M/6447/2020 which imbued Chief Victor Giadom with the authority to act as the National Chairman of the Party following the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman.

“The law is trite that a member of a political party cannot be suspended from the party while he’s in court asserting a vested right as a member of the party. By attempting to suspend Chief Giadom from the party, the characters involved are trying to force a fait accompli on the court and thereby tie the hands of the court.

“A similar conduct orchestrated by the PDP to expel RT. Hon. Amaechi from the party while he was in court challenging the results of the Rivers State Governorship election was condemned and rejected by the Supreme Court.

“The purported expulsion of Chief Giadom is ineffective and contemptuous.

“We hereby urge INEC, law enforcement agencies and the general public to disregard the news of the purported expulsion of Chief Victor Giadom.

“In line with the provisions of the Constitution of the APC, as affirmed by the Order of S.I.U. Bature J. and a plethora of legal authorities, Chief Victor Giadom remains the Acting National Chairman of the APC.”