The crisis of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepened as the Chairman of the APC in Ado Ekiti Local Government of Ekiti State, Michael Akinleye on Wednesday threatened to institute an action against the appointment of Senator Abiola Ajimobi as acting National Chairman of the party.
Akinleye in a letter dated June 17, 2020, addressed to the National Working Committee (NWC) through his counsel Tunde Oke, said the NWC decision appointing Senator Abiola Ajimobi is “outright nullity and contempt of court”.
The APC chieftain informed the NWC that there is still a pending case with suit No. FHC/AD/CS/8/2020 before the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, praying against any nomination of anyone to fill the vacant position, pending the determination of the suit.
He said the suit was filed against the All Progressives Congress, National Working Committee of APC, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and others praying among other reliefs that the Office should be filled in accordance with Article 20 of the All Progressive Congress Constitution 2014 (As Amended).
Akinleye argued that until the case is determined, Senator Ajimobi’s purported appointment as Deputy National Chairman (South), and now as acting National Chairman of the party is a nullity.
The APC chieftain said he would not hesitate to institute contempt action against the National Working Committee if it continues to recognise Ajimobi as the APC Acting National Chairman.
The letter reads in part: “It is on record that all the processes filed in the Suit have been served on all the parties which serves as notice to maintain status quo pending the determination of the Suit.
“At the time when the suit was instituted by our Client, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi’s name has not been purportedly recognised by the National Working Committee of APC.
“However, during the pendency of the Suit when appearance had been entered for all the Defendants, our attention was drawn to several newspaper publications that the National Working Committee of APC has announced Sen. Abiola Ajimobi’s name as the Deputy National Chairman (South).”