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Another blow to Oshiomhole and his backers as Buhari recognises Giadom as APC acting national chairman

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The Presidency said on Wednesday President Muhammadu Buhari would attend the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting convened by the party’s former Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, in Abuja.

Giadom, who is laying claim to the party’s acting national chairman position, had on Tuesday issued a notice on the NEC meeting, saying he had the president’s consent to reconvene the meeting earlier slated for March.

The meeting will take place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

The development means President Buhari has thrown his weight the embattled ex-deputy national secretary as the APC acting national chairman over the suspended substantive national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.

This development may have far-reaching implications for the party as the politics of 2023 takes shape. Oshiomhole is backed by the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu who is said to be nursing a 2023 presidential ambition while Giadom is reportedly backed by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and some governors including Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

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The last has certainly not been heard of this new turn of events.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the president’s willingness to attend the meeting to House correspondents on Wednesday evening.

He said: “The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman.

“Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.

“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.

“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”

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