A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has issued an interim order stopping the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC).
Ruling on an application filed by a member of the party, Aliyu Rabiu, for a stay of execution of the FCT High Court ruling which orders Oshiomhole’s suspension pending the determination of the substantive suit, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa asked parties involved in the matter to “maintain the status quo ante bellum (the situation before the current state)” pending the court’s final decision.
The application specifically asked the court to stop those involved in the matter from giving effect to the 2019 resolution of Oshiomhole’s ward in Edo State to suspend him from the party.
Apart from the APC and police, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) were joined as defendants in the suit.
While the interim order does not relate to Oshiomhole’s suspension by the FCT High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, it rubs off on it given that the court’s judgement was based on Oshiomhole’s suspension by his ward.
The Edo chapter of the APC suspended Oshiomhole, who has been at loggerheads with the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
The factional chairman of APC in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua, had said Oshiomhole was suspended because of “his role” in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party,
Also, Oshiomhole has already already appealed his suspension.