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UPDATED: Court suspends Oshiomhole as APC national chair

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A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, pending the determination of a substantive suit.

Presiding judge, Justice Danlami Senchi, gave the order following an application of interlocutory injunction asking the court to suspend Comrade Oshiomhole, having been suspended as a member of the APC by the party in his native Edo State.

The application was filed by one Oluwale Afolabi.

While Comrade Oshiomhole was the first Respondent, the APC is the second Respondent.

The Application, in his application, dated and filed on January 16, 2020, had contended that the APC chairman was currently suspended by the party and has not challenged the suspension.

According to the Applicant, Oshiomhole’s rights as an APC member is currently abated and he cannot continue to act as chairman of the party.

He argued that Oshiomhole cannot continue to enjoy benefits from the APC, despite his suspension as a member of the party.

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Oshiomhole and the APC were being represented by Damian Dodo SAN.

In his ruling, on Wednesday, however, Justice Senchi held that the first and second Respondents wrongfully kept Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the party.

The court also ordered that Oshiomole should stop parading himself as the chairman of the APC.

He urged the APC to desist from acknowledging him as the chairman of the party

The court has also given the APC orders not to grant Oshiomhole access to the party secretariat.