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APC dissolves Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee

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The committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the party’s national activities.

The dissolved NWC was led by national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, since 2018 until his suspension from the party was upheld by a Court of Appeal in Abuja last week.

Oshiomhole’s suspension plunged the party into a leadership crisis as two different factions battled for control.

Victor Giadom, one of the claimants to Oshiomhole’s vacant position, convened a NEC meeting at the Presidential Villa where the dissolution decision was made on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari recommended, among other things, the dissolution of the NWC in his opening speech, urging NEC to take the party’s current issues very seriously.

The president also recommended that all ongoing court cases filed in connection with the party crisis be withdrawn.

“Confronted with these issues, it is obvious that the fortunes of the party are currently in jeopardy, administration of our party is becoming impossible and there is consequently an urgent need for intervention to immediately arrest further drifts and internal wrangling which may lead to total disintegration,” he said.

Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, was immediately appointed as the chairman of the party’s caretaker committee and extraordinary national convention.

Akpan Udoedehe, a former senator was appointed as the caretaker committee’s secretary.

Other members are Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Governor Sani Bello, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Honourable Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Abba Ari, Prof. Tahir Mamman, and Ismail Ahmed.

The caretaker committee is also saddled with the responsibility of conducting an extraordinary national convention within the next six months to choose the party’s new leadership.

NEC also ratified the Edo governorship primary election which was won earlier this week by Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki, dumped the APC last week to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from participating in the primary election.

His exit was the breaking point of his power tussle with Oshiomhole for the control of Edo, and contributed prominently to the crisis that has ripped the party apart in the past week.