Indications have emerged that newly-appointed National Deputy Chairman, South, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, may emerge as Acting National Chairman of the party.
This development is a follow up to the sack of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, presided over by Justice Danlami Senchi, as well as the hurried release of names of new national officers of the party, including that of Ajimobi.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lanre Issa Onilu, in a statement late Wednesday said that the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party at its meeting of January 14, agreed to appoint new national officers to fill vacant offices in the party’s National Executive Council, NEC.
The provision of Article 14.2 of the APC Constitution 2010 (as amended), stipulates that the Deputy National Chairman, South, assumes the office of the National Chairman of the party, in acting capacity, in the absence of the National Chairman, if he or she is from the South.
Article 14.2 (i, ii, iii) of the constitution, which enumerates the functions of the Deputy National Chairman, North/South, reads in part, “Assist the national chairman in the discharge of his duties; perform such functions as may be assigned to him from time to time by the National Working Committee; shall act as the national chairman in the absence of the national chairman from his zone.”