Victor Giadom: The drama on the APC National Chairmanship enters new season

The spicy political drama in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been ongoing in the last few days. It all started when festering disagreements between incumbent Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the suspended National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole cost the Governor a chance to run for a second term run on the platform of the party.

He was disqualified to run for the primary elections on account of  “defective” credentials. Obaseki was quick to bid farewell to the party and is rumoured to be warming up to run on the platform of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In what seemed to be a bite by karma, the Court of Appeal, Wednesday, upheld Oshiomole’s suspension as the National Chairman of the party.

Many Nigerians anxiously awaited the news of his replacement, expecting a certain Shaibu Lawal who is Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, but were shocked to hear that the immediate past Governor of Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi rumoured to be in a coma and suffering symptoms of the coronavirus was appointed as the Acting APC Chairman.

Many questioned how someone who is allegedly immobile could possibly lead a party, raising speculations that Oshiomhole was still trying to control things behind the scenes.

In a spectacular turn of events, information emerged on Wednesday that the courts had ruled in favour of Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom as the new Acting Chairman of the governing party and has resumed office.

Giadom proactively upturned the Governorship Screening exercise which disqualified Godwin Obaseki and went further to ask the “aggrieved” aspirants to reappear for a fresh screening.


Nigerians commented on the number of times the APC leadership had been changed in a span of 24 hours. Some described the development as proof that confusion and lack of organisation existed in the ranks of the party.


Many questions are aloft on what is to come in the ongoing saga. There is the question on whether Obaseki would return to APC and some asked what would become of Ajimobi that was previously announced as the APC chairman.

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