The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Tuesday, affirmed the suspension of the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, by his Ward.
In a unanimous judgement, a three-man panel of justices of the appellate court held that the appeal Oshiomhole lodged to challenge his suspension lacked merit.
Justice Mohammed Lamido, who delivered the lead verdict, dismissed the appeal and affirmed the decision of an Abuja High Court that earlier validated Oshiomhole’s suspension by his ward in Edo State.
On March 5, 2020, a high court sitting in the federal capital territory (FCT) had given an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oshiomhole from referring to himself as the APC national chairman, pending the determination of a suit filed by one Oluwale Afolabi.
Less than two weeks later, on March 16, a court of appeal sitting in Abuja had restrained the APC from executing the judgement of the FCT high court which ordered Oshiomhole’s suspension as national chairman of the ruling party.
In its ruling at the time, Abubakar Yahaya, chairman of the three-man panel of judges, ordered a stay of execution pending the hearing of an application filed by Oshiomhole.
In his appeal, Oshiomhole, through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun, had asked the court to set aside the suspension order.
The appeal court’s ruling is coming at a time the national chairman is facing serious backlash over the decision by the APC national working committee (NWC) to suspend Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor of Edo from contesting the party’s governorship primary election.
Obaseki had, on Tuesday, announced his decision to quit the APC. His deputy, Philip Shuaibu, also left the party after his principal’s announcement.