By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Factional Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Victor Gaidom, has called on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to immediately takeover the affairs of APC, failure of which he said the crisis in the party will continue to linger.
This is just as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday inaugurated Worgu Bom, to replace Victor Gaidom, whom it said had resigned his position to contest the last governorship election in Rivers state.
Reacting to his replacement at the party headquarters in Abuja, Gaidom said it is laughable, saying he was elected at the National Convention, adding that the level of impunity and rascality in the party must be corrected forthwith.
“You cannot smuggle somebody into the NWC without an election. Anybody who wants to be a member of the NWC should present him or herself for a democratic election. So, you cannot just bring somebody from anywhere to fill any office in the NWC. That is laughable and it cannot work”, he said.
He however said the party will not lose the Edo governorship election as bring speculated by analysts, saying “We are very hopeful that the mistakes that have been made by the ‘former’ Chairman would be corrected and we will be on time to ensure that we do not run into such situation.
“I have always insisted since the beginning of this crisis that the only way to resolve these issues is to surrender this party to a higher organ which is the NEC and I am still insisting that the only way to get out of where we found ourselves; the mess that this party is inside as of now, is to ensure that we convoke a NEC meeting.
“I am sure the leadership of this party at all levels would adhere to that very soon. I have the feeling that there is no other route to restore peace and harmony in this party except through a formal NEC meeting. That has been my decision and I am sure you would attest to it that since I came into office, I have always insisted that there has to be a NEC meeting because there is a higher organ of leadership that is above the NWC.
“I do not see why we should be afraid of NEC. We have to surrender this party to that organ so that the right thing would be done. Every other decision that was taken by the NWC would be ratified by NEC. So, if we do not have a NEC meeting, it would be difficult for this party to resolve the crisis”, he said.
Meanwhile, shortly after inaugurating the new acting Deputy National Secretary, Worgu Bom, Hilliard Eta, who performed that duty on behalf of Ajimobi, told him to perform all the functions of Deputy National Secretary of the party as provided in the APC Constitution.