By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The North East National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Salihu Mustapha, has dismissed the claims that the Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, resigned to contest as Deputy Governor of Rivers State.
According to him, the Deputy National Secretary did not resign his position but was given a waiver to contest the Deputy Governorship election in Rivers State.
Giadom, who is laying claim to the position of the Acting National Chairman of APC with FCT High Court Order, acted as National Chairman in March when the FCT High Court upheld the suspension of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, from his Ward, local government and state chapters of the party.
Mustapha said the NWC should uphold its earlier decisions not to make caricature of its image.
According to him, Giadom was on September 14, 2018, granted a waiver by the NWC in a letter allegedly signed by the suspended APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Similarly, Mustapha said the party, through a letter written to Giadom by the Director of Administration, Abdullahi Yusuf Gashu’a on 24th May, 2019 accepted his resumption of office after the election.
Further countering the claims that Giadom resigned, Mustapha asked how could have Giadom, had carried out party functions and had been paid all the while.
He recalled that Giadom was not the first to be granted waiver to go and contest election, alleging that the former National Auditor, Chief George Moghalu and the former National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, were all granted waivers to go and contest governorship elections in their states.
He said, “just like Giadom, Chief Moghalu came back as National Auditor when he lost the primary election of the party in Anambra State.”
On the replacement of Giadom with Mr. Worgu Boms, Mustapha dismissed it, as he said it has no place in law and he will resist it same way he resited attempts on the Publicity Secretary and the Organizing Secretary.
He said “I know some of my colleagues will not be happy with this submission, but this is how I am built. I will not be a party to any injustice irrespective of who it is meted on.
“The same way I didn’t support the ousting of the National Organizing Secretary and the Publicity Secretary. I will not accept that of Mr. Victor. We are all colleagues we should be more focused on reconciliation not baseless witch hunts”.