As the National Executive Committee, NEC, virtual meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, begins today at 12noon, 17 members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, have threatened to boycott the gathering.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the 17 members are sympathetic to the suspended national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, who took offense after President Muhammadu Buhari had declared his support to Victor Giadom as the party’s acting national chairman.
At an emergency meeting on Tuesday last week, 17 members of the NWC had appointed a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as acting chairman.
According to the Ajimobi-led NWC, having been suspended from the NWC, Giadom was not qualified to convene the NEC meeting.
The Ajimobi-led NWC, in a statement jointly signed by the acting National Chairman, Hilliard Eta, and the acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama, in Abuja, on Wednesday, rejected the invitation extended to its members to attend the NEC meeting.
The NWC said this: “We wish to unequivocally state that members of the National Working Committee believe that the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality of the National Executive Committee meeting purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020.
“We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter regarding the impasse presently experienced by the party so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because we are sure that the President if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.
“The National Working Committee regrets to turn down the invitation to the illegal and unconstitutional national executive committee convened by Chief Victor Giadom.
“We believe that attending such a meeting will amount to embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the constitution of our great party. “