The crisis rocking Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have reached a crisis head as the Ajimobi-led National Working Committee (NWC) has turned down a National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) called by a breakaway faction led by Victor Giadom and backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NEC meeting, which was called by the embattled former Deputy National Secretary of the party, has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, who also recognised him as the authentic acting National Chairman of the party.
The Ajimobi-led NWC however rejected the invitation, stating, that the president was supporting illegality by his action.
The factional NWC made their position known in a statement jointly signed by the National Vice Chairman (South South), Hilliard Eta, and the acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to them, the President was wrongly advised and blackmailed into agreeing to lend his weight to illegality.
The statement read: “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.“